I wanted to start this series with a tongue-in-cheek observation of pop culture, but recent events have changed those plans. Pundits, newspeople, politicians, religious groups, and millions of people across social media are all offering their sympathies and prayers for the people who lost their lives, as well as the survivors, of the massacre in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. That’s great, but prayers are no longer enough. The mass shooting in Las Vegas is the worst one in modern American history since the last one, or the last one before that, or the last one before that…
So fuck the prayers if they don’t lead to action. I’m not Catholic, but I love this quote from Pope Francis:
Prayer that doesn’t lead to concrete action toward our brothers is a fruitless and incomplete prayer.
And why isn’t there action being taken? Three simple letters: N.R.A.
The N.R.A., an organization ostensibly representing hunters and gun owners, but in reality the gun manufacturer’s lobby of choice. They never met a horrible idea in support of the 2nd Amendment they didn’t like. But please, go ahead and watch my rant and see what Gets My Goat!