Don’t offer your ‘thoughts and prayers’

By Mike McGann, The Times of Chester County, 6/13/16

Accept the reality of mass shootings: this is what you wanted

Don’t bother sharing your “thoughts and prayers.”

The truth is, the slaughter of 49 innocent people in Orlando Sunday is exactly what you chose.

Just as you chose the slaughter in Charleston, Sandy Hook, Aurora and dozens more. You also choose the shootings in Coatesville which of late seem to be a monthly event.

Before you sputter in protest that you didn’t want anyone to get shot, you, a Republican majority in Chester County, have repeatedly voted for elected officials backed, cowed and funded by the National Rifle Association. They, in turn, have fought any limits on guns — Assault Weapons (oh, oops, in politically correct language, we must call them “long guns” rather than the more accurate “slaughter machines”), universal background checks and the like.

So, say what you want — but it’s just words. Your actions reveal your real opinion.

Don’t you dare mourn, offer prayers or condolences. You enabled this and need to own it. The blood is on your hands because this is the outcome you wanted.

And your sophisticated arguments such as “But, terrorism” are equally full of crap. The killer in Orlando was mentally disturbed, under FBI surveillance and expressed radical positions and had deep issues with gay people — but there was no way to stop him from stopping by his local shop and buying an AR-15 with an extended mag.

Before you spout off some laughable nonsense about Second Amendment Rights — just stop. It’s bad enough you’re lying to us, but, for God’s sake, stop lying to yourself.

The entire rights argument has been nothing but a big lie. Rights have never been threatened — never. …

read more at The Times of Chester County

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One thought on “Don’t offer your ‘thoughts and prayers’

  1. Kate Campbell

    Well-said, Mike. I was just listening to an apologist for the gun lovers – “we don’t need to regulate guns, we need to deal with what makes PEOPLE kill.” Are we that much more violent or mentally unstable people than the rest of the civilized world? When violent, unstable, evil people can’t get their hands on firearms, they turn to less deadly forms of aggression. They can’t stab 49 people to death in three minutes.

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