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Thoughts, Prayers, and Disrespect

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I have written before about this whole “thoughts and prayers are not enough” nonsense. I really did not want to write about it again, mostly because if it came up again it would mean there was another horrible tragedy but also because I did not think I had anything else to say.  But then this happened:

A Democratic lawmaker walked out of a moment of silence for the Texas shooting victims on Monday night to protest a lack of action on gun safety after mass shootings in the United States.

Rep. ♠⊗⇐ ϖφλ⊕ (name withheld purposefully) of California, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, said he walked out of the House chamber because he wants to pass a universal background check law, a ban on assault rifles and a ban on bump-fire stocks.

Let me explain what is going on here.  This United States Representative thinks his agenda is more important than honoring the victims of this tragedy.  The point of a moment like that is to put aside politics and acknowledge the tragedy and mourn the dead.  Instead we are treated to a grandstanding stunt that reduces the victims to pawns on this guy’s political chess board.  I refused to include his name in the quote above because to give his name is to give him the publicity he seeks.  He is welcome to his agenda but he can advocate for it without stepping on the memory of the victims, and their survivors grief.  This shooting happened in a church for crying out loud, and to dismiss prayer when the victims and their survivors are people of prayer is to heap scorn on their grief.

Shame is due here and it is not on those that have offered thoughts and prayers for the victims and their loved ones.


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