In the editorial aftermath of yet another mass shooting, the American guns controversy is going Newton. Gun control advocates are losing patience with gun control inaction, while mass shootings become a weekly and even daily occurrence, and it’s about time that gun nuts got their equal and opposite reaction. But does the movement need to be offensive?
The cover of New York’s Daily News reads “GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS.” It is a provocative headline to say the least. This piece from Salon explains the new phenomenon of prayer shaming where commentators chastise Christians who tweet prayers out to those affected by the violence. This is not a compassionate response, and it is not effective toward the political unity required for the goals of gun control.
However, it is hypocritical of Republican politicians, especially executive-minded presidential candidates, to publicly hope for fewer mass shootings while doing nothing with the political power they possess to try and enact change. If Americans have a problem shooting each other, and the dichotomized solutions are “fewer guns” and “more guns,” the problem seems easy to figure out.
This is why we need gun control nuts. But gun control is not a Christian issue, and prayers to victims do not deserve scorn.
Gun rights is going to become a big issue in 2016. There is no way to avoid it, and Democrats should force the issue. It is a winning political move to call for a safer American society, and Democrats need to finally stand up to the National Rifle Association. The NRA is going to spend a lot of money on this election, which is all the more reason to stop the NRA’s sacredly bribed politics once and for all.
The argument is not about taking away mentally sane, law-abiding citizens’ guns. It’s about the “well-regulated” part of the Second Amendment. And it has nothing to do with prayer.
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