Texas lawmaker Gene Wu says thoughts and prayers are not enough after a tragic school shooting in Texas.
After ten people were killed and ten others injured at Santa Fe High School, Texas State Rep. Gene Wu, a Democrat, wrote a simple yet elegant and powerful tweet calling for change.
Y’all been sending thoughts and prayers for two freaking decades now. Time to try something new.
— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) May 18, 2018
(Y’all been sending thoughts and prayers for two freaking decades now. Time to try something new.)
Wu is right. And the fact is many well-meaning people are offering “thoughts and prayers” after this tragic, but sadly predictable gun massacre.
For example, The Texas Tribune reports:
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, along with many of the state’s other Republican political leaders, sent his “thoughts and prayers” to the families of those injured and killed…
Predictable, but pointless. 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.
In fact, after the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Neil deGrasse Tyson shared the indisputable facts concerning the supposed power of prayer via Twitter, noting:
Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing school children.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 16, 2018
(Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing school children)
Tyson is right. Prayers are insufficient.
Prayers will not stop bullets. Prayers will not change the gun laws. Prayers will not change the culture of the gun that plagues the U.S. 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.
The fact is America has a fetish for guns, and that perverse fetish for guns will not be cured by thoughts and prayers.
And ten people are dead, and ten more are injured, after yet another school shooting, this time in Texas.
Bottom line: Cheers for Rep. Gene Wu, a Texas lawmaker with the courage to state the obvious: thoughts and prayers are not working – it’s time to try something new.