Thoughts and prayers … or how I don’t want to hear about your love of guns


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I am not going to tell you about the need for gun control. I am going to tell you how much campaign cash the following Republican senators have received from the NRA:

John McCain, Arizona   $7,740,521
Richard Burr, North Carolina   $6,986,620
Roy Blount, Missouri   $4,551,146
Thom Tillis, North Carolina   $4,418,012
Cory Gardner, Colorado   $3,879,064
Marco Rubio, Florida   $3,303,355
Joni Ernst, Iowa   $3,124,273
Rob Portman, Ohio   $3,061,941

Our kids are killing each other, so you’ll forgive me if I don’t care just now to hear the love-songs about how you grew up with guns, how you hunted with your daddy and forged “an unbreakable bond,” how your granddaddy passed down the family tradition, or that you simply love the architecture and beauty of guns.

There have been 18 school shootings so far this year.

The year is 45 days old.

The first mass school shooting — Columbine — happened two decades ago. But sure, let’s stick with the abundance of “thoughts and prayers” because it is obviously working.

I do not want to hear that you’re an avid deer hunter and deer are a scourge so we should all be thankful and you are doing our community a favor by thinning the herd and we should say thank you thank you so very much for your service.

American suicide methods, as documented by the Centers for Disease Control:
Poisoning: 6,808        Suffocation: 11,407       Firearms: 42, 826

The Vegas concert shooter killed 58 and injured 851 in less than 10 minutes. Tell me again how a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun.

I don’t want to hear about your patriotism, your beloved Second Amendment. You, personally, are not what our founders meant by the words “well-regulated militia.” If you want to make a real argument about why you need your guns, don’t hide behind a Constitution that I doubt you have ever read.

46,445:  that’s the number of Americans killed by guns between 2012 and 2016.

I am not going to tell you about gun control, because you’ll want to call gun violence a mental health issue. Do countries with sensible gun laws and low gun mortality rates not have mentally ill people? Please explain.

Five years ago, twenty 6 and 7 year olds were massacred at Sandy Hook. We did nothing. We will continue to do nothing.

Yesterday, a 19 year old walked into a Florida school and killed 17 kids. I am not going to tell you about the need for gun control because I don’t care to hear about your need for freedom.

You are free. Just say you love your guns and be done with it. I’ll send thoughts and prayers.