Anti-gun control politicians are now praying for Nevada victims

Anti-gun control politicians are now praying for Nevada victims October 3, 2017

Yesterday, Barbara Comstock, above, a Republican congresswoman in Virginia and a Christian ‘extremist’ who opposes women’s reproductive rights and gay marriage, sent out the following tweet in response to America’s latest mass shooting:

I am heartbroken by the mass murder that took place last night in Las Vegas and I am praying for the victims, families, and first responders.

Now here’s a thing: Comstock received $10,400 from the NRA during the 2016 election cycle. And in 2010 she supported a law allowing concealed handgun permit holders to carry loaded handguns into any establishment that has a liquor license; including bars, nightclubs, restaurants, pizza parlors and bowling alleys. 

Her support of the gun lobby did not go down too well with some Virginians, as the photo above show.
I learned about Comstock from the Splinter website, where Rafi Schwartz  revealed that she was among a number of senators and congresspeople who received cash from the NRA for their political campaigns, but only responded to the tragedy by calling for prayers.
Schwartz wrote:

Americans woke up on Monday morning to learn of yet another horrific act of gun violence in the United States –this time a mass shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured. But it seems unlikely that the politicians in a position to actually change our gun laws will actually do something about it, because they never do.?
So, in lieu of any substantive gun control, what do America’s senators and congresspeople have to offer? That tried and true chestnut of noncommittal national mourning: ‘Thoughts and prayers.’
And just as in the past, those thoughts and prayers seem to have been paid for in part by the National Rifle Association, whose campaign donations and scare-mongering have effectively blocked any life-saving legislation which might prevent a person from getting their hands on a fully automatic machine gun they can then use to pump bullets into dozens of innocent people.

According to deranged US evangelist Pat Robertson, the reason the atrocity occurred was the direct result of America’s absence of godliness and “disrespect for Donald Trump”.
This is what he said yesterday:

Violence in the streets, ladies and gentlemen. Why is it happening?” The fact that we have disrespect for authority; there is profound disrespect for our president, all across this nation they say terrible things about him. It’s in the news, it’s in other places.
There is disrespect now for our national anthem, disrespect for our veterans, disrespect for the institutions of our government, disrespect for the court system. All the way up and down the line, disrespect.
Until there is biblical authority there has to be some controlling authority in our society and there is none. And when there is no vision of God, the people run amok … and we have taken from the American people the vision of God, the whole idea of reward and punishment, an ultimate judge of all our actions, we’ve taken that away. When there is no vision of God, the people run amok.

Friendly Atheist Hermant Mehta added:

Robertson didn’t explain why so many mass shootings occurred before Donald Trump entered office and the NFL protests against racial injustice began … I’m sure there’s a logical explanation.
Though I should mention that, when a man murdered people in a Sikh temple in 2012, Robertson blamed atheists who ‘hate God’. And last year, after the Pulse nightclub massacre, Robertson urged conservatives not to get involved and let LGBTQ people and radical Muslims ‘kill themselves’.
But this time? This time, it’s the fault of liberals for criticizing a man so beholden to the Right, he let Pat Robertson conduct one of the only one-on-one interviews he’s had with the press.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Robertson report)

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  • AgentCormac

    When Pat Robertson talks about disrespect for veterans, disrespect for the institutions of government and disrespect for the court system, he’s just accurately described his beloved Donald Trump.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    Apparently ( I can’t find where I read it so, no source, sorry) there is a bill going through the US parliament to allow silencers to be fitted. So, the next massacre may be worse because no one will hear the shots being fired.

  • sailor1031

    In these days when congress has allowed the shredding of the first, fourth, fifth, tenth, thirteenth and fourteenth amendments, and more – when they have abandoned their job of governing the country why on earth do they still hold the second amendment as inviolable? If the rest of the constitution is now in abeyance why not this? Answer I think is that these irrational and immature narcissists are in love with guns themselves just like the half of the population that supports them.

  • Broga

    The NRA has plenty of money and its members have nothing that approximates to a conscience. So, victims and future victims including children, no curbs on gun ownership will happen.

  • barriejohn

    Graham Martin-Royle:
    It’s mentioned here. The video clip is worth watching as well, though there’s so much common sense spoken that it’s virtually doomed. Shares in gun manufacturers are soaring in the wake of the atrocity because, clearly, the answer to mass shootings is more guns!

  • Barry Duke

    Broga, according to this report: “President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the US will ‘be talking about gun laws as time goes by’ in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, the nation’s deadliest in modern history.
    ‘Look, we have a tragedy … and what happened in Las Vegas is in many ways a miracle. The police department has done such an incredible job,’ Trump said at the White House before he left for Puerto Rico.

  • AgentCormac

    @Barry Duke
    It’s pure double speak. How on earth can 59 people being mown down in cold blood be a ‘miracle’? But I guess it’s just like the ‘miracle’ that awaits Trump in Puerto Rico – you know, the couple of houses that are still standing while everything else has been flattened.

  • Angela_K

    I read in the Independent that Trump has had more cash from the gun lobby that any other US president.
    “Praying for the victims” that will do a lot of good, ie nothing.

  • Broga

    Barry: Trump is a cynical, lying opportunist deceiving his ignorant supporters who refuse to see the nature of the beast which is before him. The result is that he is shafting his admirers big time.
    How is his wall doing? Or his wonderful health care system?

  • barriejohn

    We obviously aren’t going to agree with everything that this man says, but, boy, does he make some good points!

  • Mary

    There is no need to shed crocodile tears over the victims or fulminate against the Republicans. Instead before faking out read up on ” The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival” by Sir John Glubb. We live in The Age of Decadence which is marked by: defensiveness, pessimism, materialism frivolity, an influx of foreigners, the welfare state and finally what you love the most – weakening of religion.

  • barriejohn

    Mary: Not “Glubb Pasha”! My first reaction to your silly post was, “That’s what the Nazis said”, and, lo and behold, I then found this review of his book:
    Say no more!

  • Daz

    Instead of blindly posting lists of stuff you think is wrong with society, how’s about you tell us why you think each of them is harmful to society? And I do mean you. Give us your own reasoning; don’t just parrot lists labelled “bad stuff,” which you’ve cribbed from some author or other.
    As to prayers: excellent news!

  • Angela_K

    The far-right and the christian/catholic religion have always been bedfellows, especially in the USA who have an excess of ignorant gun toting bible thumpers.
    I notice Mary – probably a catholic – hasn’t presented evidence for her god.

  • barriejohn

    The gunman didn’t have God in his life, and wanted to slaughter those who did. It must be true – it was on Fox News!

  • Broga

    Angela_K : Mary asked me a question and I replied. My reply seems to have proved my point and I must assume that Mary has no answer. Instead she abandons a debate where she has been defeated and moves on to more nonsensical statements which she delivers as facts. Mary, in defending her religion, has lost. She has no answers. Atheism wins.

  • Ate Berga

    Go away.

  • StephenJP

    Is there any possibility of a hopeful outcome to this dire situation?
    When Trump said he was going to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate change, he probably thought he had Congress behind him, and that would be an end to it. Instead, a number of key states and cities said they would enact their own commitments to the process.
    More effective gun control is never going to get through Congress,because each state has two Senators and the gun-lovers are in a majority. But this need not prevent individual states or cities enacting their own gun control measures, as I believe some New England states have indeed already done.
    Might others follow? Is this too optimistic?

  • Vanity Unfair

    An experiment: instead of exhorting thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families of this latest example of the use of firearms, instead call for prayers for divine intervention to prevent any further outrage involving mass murders. Notice, only mass murders are involved in the experiment; any single murders, suicides or accidental deaths are excluded just in case any potential deity might be too busy to attend to all of them.
    If the result shows that no more mass murders occur then this is possible evidence for the efficacy of prayer and, by extension, the existence of at least one deity.
    If the result is that similar outrages do continue to to occur then this is evidence that intercessory prayer is valueless or that no deity exists or that any existing deity so besought does not have any compassion for the world’s population or is powerless to affect human actions.
    Or it might be simpler to make it more difficult to obtain firearms.

  • barriejohn

    Only sixteen people died in Puerto Rico, so it wasn’t a catastrophe at all. I can’t believe he would really say that. The man’s a lunatic!

  • Daz

    And even if body counts are the only symptom of catastrophes as he implies, that “sixteen” would seem to be untrue.

  • sailor1031

    @StephenJP: unfortunately the constitution trumps state and local laws and the Supreme Court has ruled that citizens have a right under the second amendment to possess arms with few if any restrictions. Many a local law curbing gun possession or usage has been struck down by the SOTUS as violation of this amendment. No solution there.

  • Tee

    Mary Mary quite contrary,
    How does your garden grow?
    With shrieking yells and spent bullet shells
    And gun victims all in a row.

  • StephenJP

    @sailor 1031: thanks for that clarification. Sigh.