Thoughts And Prayers Are Not Enough: 17 Dead In Florida School Shooting

Your thoughts and prayers are not enough: 17 dead in Florida school shooting after a teenage gunman opens fire at a South Florida high school.

In yet another mass shooting, “at least 17 people are dead after a 19-year-old former student opened fire” at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, according to a report filed by NBC.

The suspect has been identified as Nikolaus Cruz, a former student who had previously been expelled from the South Florida high school.

And right on cue, immediately after the Florida school shooting, politicians utilized Twitter to offer their “thoughts and prayers.”

For example, President Donald Trump tweeted:

(My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.)

And Florida Governor Rick Scott tweeted:

(Just spoke with @POTUS about shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. My thoughts and prayers are with the students, their families and the entire community. We will continue to receive briefings from law enforcement and issue updates.)

And there are many more well-meaning people offering “thoughts and prayers” after this tragic, but sadly predictable gun massacre.

Yet prayers are not enough. Prayers are never enough. Prayers are pointless.

Prayers are spiritual masturtbaton: they might make the person doing the praying feel a little better, but prayers do nothing to effect change in the real world.

Prayers will not change the gun laws. Prayers will not change the culture of the gun that plagues the US. Prayers will not stop the terrorist organization known as the NRA.

As a nation we live with and tolerate a culture of gun violence. All the while any proposal to enact sensible reform to curb gun violence is squashed by the the NRA and the attending all powerful gun lobby.

Indeed, the NRA and the gun lobby intimidates and bullies politicians, while spreading deception and misinformation to the general public. They are the equivalent of the 20th century tobacco lobby, merchants of death, claiming their product is safe while countless Americans die.

And at least 17 people are dead, and more injured, after a Florida school shooting.

Bottom line: America has a fetish for guns, and that perverse fetish for guns will not be cured by thoughts and prayers.

Thoughts And Prayers Are Not Enough: 17 Dead In Florida School Shooting (Image via Twitter)
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