Santa Fe and the Religious Wall against Reform

Santa Fe and the Religious Wall against Reform May 21, 2018

Yes, it’s happened again. And, yes, prayers have been virtually flying about with all the causal inertia of signing the cross.

The Guardian details the difference between Parkland and Santa Fe, underwritten by the rural conservative religiosity that blankets the small Texas town.

In a place of 13,000 residents and more than a dozen churches, the focus has been on prayers and siting the shooting in the context of a biblical battle between good and evil, rather than framing it as an avoidable consequence of policy failures in a country with a unique gun culture.

“Possibility, maybe. I’m not sure,” said David Sustaita, an 18-year-old student at Santa Fe high school, when asked if a Parkland-style youth movement could emerge. He suggested relatively uncontroversial measures that do not rile gun rights advocates. “I’d like to see action. Metal detectors, better security, more cops,” he said. “Like airport security.”…

A Houston police chief’s facebook status has gone viral:

So far the most vocal demands have come from outside Santa Fe. Art Acevedo, the Houston police chief, wrote on Facebook: “Please do not post anything about guns aren’t the problem and there’s little we can do … This isn’t a time for prayers, and study and inaction, it’s a time for prayers, action and the asking of God’s forgiveness for our inaction (especially the elected officials that ran to the cameras today, acted in a solemn manner, called for prayers, and will once again do absolutely nothing).”

The job of reforming is almost insurmountable – there is no easy fix to legally purchased firearms that aren’t the infamous AR-15:

Many demands for action post-Parkland have centred on banning assault-style firearms. But on Friday the shooter did not use an AR-15 rifle – the favoured weapon in many of the country’s deadliest mass shootings – and he appeared to have taken the guns from his father, who purchased them legally.

“If I wanted to I could take a pistol, walk into a McDonald’s, I could even walk into a police station, and shoot a couple of people. It’s just because I have the advantage of the jump. No one expects you to pull your gun out and shoot somebody. And that’s honestly what it comes down to. You could have ten police officers on campus, what’s going to happen is they’re going to watch hundreds of kids walk past and their job is to identify a shooter but they’re not going to be able to identify until they see a gun or a shooting.”

Religious conservatism of a small town goes hand in hand with NRA-loving Second Amendment addiction.

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