With a grim expression and an angry tone a visibly frustrated President Barack Obama declares “prayers are not enough” after a deadly mass shooting at a community college in Oregon.
Appearing in the White House briefing room after the deadly mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, on Thursday, Obama condemned the senseless and relentless gun violence that plagues the United States
In his passionate remarks Obama lamented the lack of political will to make even the most minute changes in gun laws to try to prevent future shootings while making a well reasoned call for stricter gun-control laws.
However, perhaps most significant, a frank and honest Obama declared it is not enough to offer prayers:
[A]s I said just a few months ago, and I said a few months before that, and I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel. And it does nothing to prevent this carnage from inflicted someplace else in America. Next week or a couple months from now.
Of course Obama is right. Prayers are not enough. Prayers are never enough. 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.
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.
Bottom line: America has a fetish for guns, and that perverse fetish for guns will not be cured by prayer.
(A full transcript of Obama’s remarks can be found here)