(It's no surprise to me that the shooter was a former student... it reported on NPR.)
The Nashville school had plenty of prayers. But that's no match for a killer armed with assault weapons.
In what has become an all too familiar story, all because Republican officials continue prioritizing guns over humans, another six people are dead after a mass shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee. Three students (all aged nine) and three staffers died because of a shooter armed with “two assault-style weapons and a handgun.”
As of this writing, the motive of the shooter is unknown, so I won’t waste time speculating on that.
But can we at least put to rest the suggestion, that never made any sense, that more prayer is the solution to our gun epidemic?
I’m not talking about the trite, lazy way many politicians offer “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of mass murders, as if that’ll deflect from their own refusal to take action to prevent gun violence. Many people say it as a condolence because they just can’t think of anything else to say. It’s not going away anytime soon.
What can change is prayer as a literal answer to mass shootings.
This act of violence occurred at a private Christian school affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America and run as a ministry of the Covenant Presbyterian Church. As far as religious denominations go, very few are more conservative than this one, especially on “culture war” issues. I say that only to point out how this was not a school lacking in prayer. They prayed all the time. Yesterday’s school day even began with a chapel service.
But for years now, one of the many explanations put forth by Republicans who are allergic to gun safety measures is that public schools don’t have forced Christian prayers. If they had prayers, the rhetoric goes, they wouldn’t have these shootings.
Last year, televangelist Kenneth Copeland said all school shootings are the result of the 1963 Supreme Court decision that removed mandatory Christian prayer from public schools, implying we needed to bring it back.
Last year, former Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said prayers would prevent mass shootings:
… If we heard more prayers from leaders of this country instead of taking God’s name in vain, we wouldn’t have the mass killings like we didn’t have before prayer was eliminated from school.
A few years ago, immediately after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said “the lack of thought and prayers is probably the single biggest factor” when it came to gun violence. (Yesterday, proving irony is dead, he lamented how “some will make this a political issue before the names of the victims or the shooter or a motive is even known.&rdquo
And it’s still going on now:
Now we know the shooter as Audrey Hale and as this unravels it gets more confusing, packed with stirring ideas of what it might have been and how it all happened. Audrey lived with her parents at 28 years old and they say they had no idea what she was going to do that day. Some say that Hale was more like a child and did not identify as trans. Her parents say she was "under treatment" for a condition.
My last day of work right after the shooting I made a delivery to a religious receptionist who informed me that the shooter was trans and her church believes this can be "prayed out of them." I disagreed and she told me she was not going to get into a religious discussion with me. That was when I agreed with her and informed her I had studied for the ministry but my information comes from science and DNA and not the bible, so there will be no discussion. Her next remark is like "oh, those poor children." My response was in telling her that 6 people were killed, not just 3 children. I also informed her that this Presbyterian Church would continue with its same practices later, so why kill anyone. Maybe she should have been killing the parents instead. The receptionist agreed with me and I replied that she should not have been killing anyone, then I left the building.
Now authorities claim that Hale had plans of killing her parents later. How do they know this? It appears to me as guess work at best.
I don't believe it requires a genius IQ to have a fairly good idea what motives will likely be familiar.
(That said, this shooter and this shooting are a one-off. From him identifying trans (3 others ever) through the awesome response from the police. This is a shooting in uncharted territory. Sadly. But I'm sure, the motives will be all too familiar.
If there's anything that should be taken away from this shooting, it's what every single American SHOULD be talking about, is how astoundingly perfect competent law enforcement can be. Those guys weren't in riot gear, they were in short sleeves. Only one had an AR at the death scene, the other two had handguns. It was mere moments from 911 call to a dead killer. This is what we deserve, should expect and need to demand from those we pay to actually "protect and serve." Nashville MPD just showed America how the police can and should do their jobs.)
I'm convinced Republicans love fetuses, but then when they see what they turn into, children, they want them all dead. It's the only way to reconcile their stances on abortion and guns. That or Republicans are stupid fucking assholes.
The primary reason why republicans are against abortion is that they want an over larger available labor force to keep labor costs down. Current economic models rely on a perpetual ever increasing population. That being against abortion also happens to align with religious interests is just convenient for them. The political power wielders don't really care about life, but care solely about profits.
@snytiger6 I bet most individual Republicans don't give a shit about that. I doubt they're even smart enough to put that all together. Republican leaders want that because the corporations that bought them told them to want that. The Republican electorate is just full of fucking morons that are easily tricked into voting against their own interests.
@ChestRockfield If cheap labour was the only goal, then immigration would easily answer that. No, planned parenthood is essential to social mobility. Without it, the underclass is maintained and fewer are taking places in higher education, climbing the corporate ladder or worse still entering the political arena and demanding a redistribution of wealth/recourses. Leaving the "haves" safe and smugly secure in their gated communities.
To put it succinctly, here is an alternative version of the old Elvis song "In the ghetto".
"On a cold and grey Chicago morn, a woman went to the clinic." - the end.
The problem not the solution. The gun lobbyists are the most powerful group of people that influence politicians with money. They are like crack to the candidates. [bbc.com]
"The NRA is now among the most powerful special interest lobby groups in the US, with a substantial budget to influence members of Congress on gun policy. It is run by executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre. In 2020, the NRA spent about $250m (£200m) - far more than all the country's gun control advocacy groups put together.
But the NRA has a much larger membership than any of those groups and uses its funds for things such as gun ranges and educational programmes.
The NRA officially spends about $3m per year to influence gun policy.
However, that is only the recorded contributions to lawmakers, and considerable sums are spent elsewhere via PACs and independent contributions - funds which are difficult to track.
Do you know who funds gun lobbyists? The American people by majority many people I follow tell people to donate money to preserve the 2nd amendment.
@Tejas 2nd amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Yeah even the insane and suicidal can have a gun.
The gun yahoos are convinced (by NRA) that they MUST own guns but we no longer need a well regulated militia - that was before we had all the military groups. Now we are well protected unless they need guns for mowing down those nasty zombies. It says nothing about owning multiple shot weapons (machine guns) and they are NOT used for hunting animals.
@Tejas It used to be that most of he money funding the NRA was through memberships, but lately a large portion comes from gun manufacturers and far right groups that provide grants.
As for the second amendment, if you knew history, you'd know that originally the U.S. had no standing army, and national defense was left to state militias. The second amendment was to be sure the U.S. would be able to defend itself. However the Civil War changed things. The U.S. didn't want states to be able to break away so easily so they finally instituted a standing military for national defense, and the second amendment's original purpose was eliminated.
Now, back when the second amendment was written the best weapons they had has single shot flint lock muzzle loaders, which take about 20 seconds to reload. I do not think the founders would be so tolerant of weapons available today. Also, I never have even once heard one gun rights advocate remember the words "well regulated" which are in the second amendment. So, even with single shot flint locks, it is evident the founders did have concerns about gun use. Considerign today's guns which are designed to be mass killing machines, I'd say for public safety the second amendment is long outdated and is in massive need of updating to reflect today's weaponry.
@snytiger6 I believe your interpretation to be skewed at best. To answer your points. Back when the amendment was written it was legal and encouraged for civilians who were wealthy to own and use warships armed with cannons against our nation's enemies, so I don't see your point on modern weapons being too deadly. (That's literally the point). For your comment on "well regulated" if you would read one word further it says "well regulated militia" meaning a group not an individual. Also there are thousands of gun laws on the books in this country, I'd say we are beyond "regulated"
@Tejas You are saying: gun owners never use hunting as an excuse for owning guns? Don't buy it. What groups are government entities? NRA? our Military? (of course it is) which is why the general public doesn't need guns. We have laws to protect us from tyrannical governments unless you saw the Dumpster crapping all over our paperwork, as he's not paper trained. He doesn't count he's not a normal human; he's orange.
If it weren’t for the NRA we would have lost our right to own guns long ago. We may very well need our guns to protect ourselves against tyrants like Joe Biden!
@K9JetLee999 I'm saying the second amendment has nothing to do with hunting, just as I said. Your second point, the second amendment was written in partly so citizens can fight against a tyrannical government. So you saying we don't need guns because the government has them is nonsensical. The nra is not a government entity. I don't think you have thought this out much past your emotions, and I believe without proper thought and logic any outcome or "solution" you come to will be flawed fundamentally and detrimental to our society.
@Tejas Funny cuz I copied pasted the original 2nd amendment. If you don't agree with the definition talk to the hand. I said THE EXCUSE gun owners use for owning guns is HUNTING. That's their mindless excuse. I didn't make it up. The NRA may as well be a government entity they are responsible for paying off candidates with millions of dollars to keep them. They have enough people/money to do whatever they want. Call them government entities.
Not one college professor has ever said my thought/logic was flawed. I think you are making up stuff to keep guns alive and well. There are going to be laws vs assault weapons. What are they FOR??? Hunting?? NO. PEOPLE KILLING, YES.
@Tejas I'm just a typical college educated reader who doesn't like guns and I read most of what I can to stop assault weapons being in the hands of my neighbor, he can have a pistol or something. We're not at war in our homeland, we are not buying guns because it's necessary to the security of a free State. Or maybe according to you we are. I don't have access to your brain. If I"m poorly educated on THIS SUBJECT then so are 80% of the general public.
@Tejas I'm a 4yr college grad, I read anything I can about guns and gun control. I see the news where shootings occur almost daily. If I"m poorly educated so are about 80% of the general public. I think you believe shit that no one else in their right mind would take seriously so that would create a poorly educated opinion on the topic.
@K9JetLee999 I mean if your goal is to reduce harm from "gun violence" then why not advocate for banning handguns, more people die from them by far
@Tejas Guns don`t stop governments. People stop governments.
Take a look at France, "Oh we are raising your retirement age so you will have to work longer". "THE HELL YOU ARE!!". Mass protests on the streets and you can bet anything the govt of France will give in because they will have no choice. This is not the first time they have done this and the french enjoy the most comprehensive worker's rights in Europe.
All done without guns.
Btw, just how many employment rights do all you Americans with guns have? How are you doing on reproductive rights? Good quality state education without political interference? Healthcare?
@Tejas But you think you need guns to do it. Conveniently forgetting that Gandhi took down the largest empire the world has ever seen by basically getting everyone to say "NO"
Meanwhile, Americans feel safe and secure that "Their rights will not be infringed" because they have some pop-guns (which they are compared to what the state could come at you with) Yet your legislators are legally taking graft and big corp are taking your air and water.
Funny but I don't see AR-15s being used to defend US rights, just to kill your children
@Tejas Oh you can comment on my country any day...you won't get shot for it.
I suppose if I lived in an asylum I might not want to hear about sanity. Although I myself have never judged an idea or argument by its source over its validity. It is a shame you close your ears off to a view from someone NOT steeped in gun culture. NOT in the only country that has gun ownership in its constitution. NOT indoctrinated by gun adverts and NRA lobbying. And NOT watching their school children being killed on an almost weekly basis. But hey ho it's your country and I suppose you gun advocates must have some ideas for solutions to the problem...how have they been working out for you?
@Trajan61 Okay, firstly we are different counties so I will try and explain. The UK doesn't need guns to protect itself from thugs etc. because we have an efficient police force, backed up by the largest per capita amount of CCTV, in the world leading to a greater % of detection. Also, illegal gun ownership carries such high penalties that criminals tend to only use them when deemed necessary. ie taking out drug gang rivals, a big heist etc. The chances of experiencing low-level crime involving a firearm are so small as to be negligible. For example, the NRA will quote stats that tell you our burglary rates are higher than the US. This is true but consider this; a criminal wants to steal a car. In the US he might hold you up at gunpoint and carjack you. In the UK he would break into your home and take the keys. Neither is a pleasant prospect but things are just things and lives cannot be replaced.
Secondly, we do not need firearms to protect ourselves from tyrants because we have a monarchy. Instead of fruitlessly arming ourselves we delegate the job to our monarch. He/she has but one real constitutional task. To be a concept more than a person, rather like the flag, you pledge allegiance to. But when push comes to shove, they are the final arbiter. And just as your servicemen/women pledge allegiance to your flag/constitution, ours pledge to the crown. Therefore, if we ever did have a traitor like Gen Flynn who might seek to usurp power by calling on the military to overturn a legitimately called election... he could go kick rocks.
@Tejas Except that no man is an island. I have so many American friends, do you not think that tragedies that occur in your country might not affect or touch me? That I cannot empathise with those who have lost a child?
A closed mind is not something I would be proud of. When your car will not start, do you ignore the advice of your neighbour because it's not his car?
@Trajan61 I have lived through something like a civil war ie. the IRA in the 70/80s. And let me tell you, it was not noble or glorious. Remember also that those gravy seals threatening this could not do 6 weeks without a haircut. So I can't exactly see them going to the mattresses. Strong though you may think his support is, I wonder just how many would put their lives on the line for Mr Bonespurs who stood by John Kelly's son's grave in Arlington and said "I don't get it, what was in it for them?" Keep in mind also how little actual support he has given the Jan 6th insurrectionists. No pardons and not one red cent towards their legal fees, just empty rhetoric from the podium to get cheap applause. Which is a bit more than he gave to Mike Pence
@Tejas Banning hand guns? The US isn't ready for that. It would never pass as things stand right now.
@K9JetLee999 most "gun violence" is done by handguns so I'm surprised why some people are trying to ban the wrong things.
@Tejas 1-machine guns kill too many too fast. 2-it'll be easier on the gun nuts to stop buying machine gusn which should be banned for home use. THEY are for killing people in a war. Some people think they're more eye candy, they are deadly. What is the difference between machine gun or handgun? numbers of dead. PERIOD.
@Tejas "Why semi-automatic rifles like those used in the Nashville shooting can cause so much damage" [abcnews.go.com]
"The weapon used to carry out the mass shooting in Uvalde on Tuesday is one all too familiar to Americans and lawmakers who have witnessed mass shootings occur over the past decade.
"The Uvalde gunman used an AR-15-style rifle, a popular range of semiautomatic weapons that was purchased from a sporting goods store, to carry out the attack, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and law enforcement officials said Wednesday." [npr.org]
"Notably, most individuals who engaged in mass shootings used handguns (77.2%), and 25.1% used assault rifles in the commission of their crimes" [nij.ojp.gov].
Apparently you are WRONG once again. I suggest you stop scrutinizing every word I .write unless you need to educate yourself.
@K9Kohle you've used multiple different words to describe semi auto rifles. Like the words "machine gun" that literally implies automatic rifle. I also don't call semi auto rifles assault rifles. Assault rifles in my opinion are automatic capable military rifles. So yes if you call things by an inappropriate name I'm going to assume you don't know what you're talking about, and again you still dont.
In the United States, assault weapon is a controversial term used to define firearms with specified characteristics. The definition varies among regulating jurisdictions (seems not just ME-, but usually includes semi-automatic firearms with a detachable magazine, a pistol grip, and sometimes other features, such as a vertical forward grip, flash suppressor, or barrel shroud.
Ten of the seventeen deadliest mass killings in the U.S. since 2012 involved AR-15s**.
I'm unable to find any names I called you. Altho you do seem to have some kind of reading disorder. Are you able to understand what i posted about what the general public calls assault weapons?. Seems they've been used to assault children in schools. Hence ASSAULT weapons.
Gun loving people are raised as children to use guns. Everyone in the house has a gun, it's a family culture. Other parents are lenient with their children and they're encouraged to explore and weapons are not scary for them.
Mothers have a lot of influence over families and if they taught their children not to use guns or even pretend guns they could change perspectives.
I taught my children never to handle a gun. They're dangerous weapons that are used for either killing animals or people. My kids don't own guns, neither do they pray. A lot of learning comes from parents. If more mothers/parents were responsible adults they could potentially change the world.
Prayers are useless shit vs weapons. I can't fathom the illogic of saying more prayers would stop school shootings, it's like they're deaf, dumb and blind.
Our country was tragically founded on alcohol, gun ownership and religion.
It is a part of American culture eg a cultural issue. If America can purposely force cultural change as has happened in the past, the acceptance of LGBTQ lifestyles the current example, they can do it with firearms. Also, the culture of arms being a major industry the US has become dependent on for economic growth, has to change.
The culture runs deep. Many years ago when visiting the States, I recall seeing a promotion at a bank; "Open account and get a free handgun".
I remember thinking "I'd like to open an account please, here's $1. No problem Sir, here's a pistol. Thanks! Now, give us all your money, this is a stickup!"
@puff Our pols are willing and able to impose laws that increase tolerance and acceptance of queer culture and lifestyles, along with other identity politics stuff, because it doesn't cost the rich and corporations anything, and since they are the donor class, which is who the pols really cater to and care about, we get only progress on the ID politics and culture war stuff, tho even that is often only temporary, as the recent abortion bans prove. The pols could give us our needed gun control, but the donor class doesn't want that, because it would affect the bottom line of their profits on firearms sales and manufacturing, and anyway, mass shootings are not affecting them directly or personally. Isn't it funny how firearms manufacturing is one of the few industries that has not been outsourced to third world countries or China?
I've said this many times before and I'll say it again... looking at this matter from a strictly independent take and being as fair as I possibly can, both prayers and gun control laws are useless. The latter is useless as criminals and the mentally deranged have zero regard for what others have to say and the laws they propose, and nowadays there are far too many ways to skirt around laws. The former is also useless for the obvious reasons.
If we truly want to solve the problem with random acts of violence or at the least decrease the probability of such incidents occuring, then the focus needs to be on reaching out to those suffering from various mental health issues and discourage the gang lifestyle. Until those two issues are properly addressed, I somehow doubt anything will change for the better.
As for helping out the mentally unstable, teachers and parents have often, unsuccessfully, for years and years tried to get children with mental issues into programs,, with therapists, or rehabs etc. Drugs have a lot to do with unstable people. Gangs rarely occur outside large cities. I don't think they are the cause of problems.
But trying to make unstable children more normal would be impossible in some cases because the mother was an addict. The addiction affects the children and they often end up with multiple issues to overcome and it's often so difficult to address them all they fall thru the cracks. The best way to stop school shootings is to have metal detectors and trained cops in the schools. Otherwise i don't see a fix in the near future.
@K9Kohle I get your point and you're not entirely wrong about that, but at least in some cases where certain individuals displayed obvious warning signs more could have probably been done to get them the help that they needed.
Depends on the size of the city or town in question, and the town that I grew up in had a fair share of gangs, although not as many as the city I live in now. That said, mental illness would be the far bigger concern between the two.
As for the last part, I agree. It's best to have armed resource officers on the scene and not arm the teachers, as I don't have that much trust for public school teachers nowadays. I just heard a story from NBC that stated the Nashville school shooter apparently had plans to target other schools but passed up on them due to those schools having far tighter security, which is also proof that deranged shooters go for the gun-free zones so as to make their planned murder sprees all the easier.
@SpikeTalon I know some teachers who are very well qualified with guns. I have no problem arming those teachers.
Thoughts and prayers are the only real solution these Christofascist can comprehend!!!
Look at where the Done Cheato held his most recent rally: Waco, Texas, site of the Branch Davidian mass suicide. They were an apocalyptic cult, a bunch of religious fanatics in the thrall of one asshole, David Koresh, who taught his followers that they had to be armed to the teeth with all kinds of illegal weapons. They put themselves above the law. When the FBI knocked on their door with a search warrant, the cult opened fire. When it became clear that the feds were not going to let it go, the cult members herded the women and children into a basement room and set them on fire. Talk about a self-fulfilling prophesy! And this madness is what the Orange Foolius celebrates and holds up as the example to follow. It's almost too surreal to believe. Almost. Yet here we are. When congressional Republicans would do nothing after Sandyhook, I knew we were in deep shit. Then Trump's good buddy Alex Jones made millions off his false claims that massacre of all those kids was staged, that it wasn't real. And what did Trumpty Dumpty say about that? Nothing! That son of a bitch needs to be fitted for his new orange jumpsuit asap. Not that it will solve all our problems, but it's a step in the right direction.
@ChestRockfield No. The Branch Davidians used gasoline as an accelerant.
Remember, theirs was an apocalyptic cult. Very similar to Jonestown...
The Branch Davidians committed mass suicide.
It will take more than gun control to stop things like this from happening. We must deal with the why people do what they do and I'm not just talking about the shooters. They don't live in a vacuum.
I agree that the whys need to be dealt with, but those would involve massive social spending, which the government is not willing to do, because it would involve cutting the military budget, along with corporate welfare, tax cuts for the rich, etc. in order to eliminate poverty and provide everyone a decent standard of living, along with affordable mental health care. That sort of reform and social spending will never happen at the fed level, where it needs to happen, so we will continue to breed angry male mass shooters. So in the meantime, until we ever get the kind of socialism we need, instead of two corporate, pro-war, servants of the rich major parties, the least we can do is limit the damage by having sane gun control, so the mass murderers can't kill as many people in one attack. That is the diff between the US and other more civilized countries, where there is more economic equality, better government services for all and more caring about the least of its citizens, so they feel valued and treated more fairly, and thus, less motivated to hate everybody else and see enemies here everywhere they turn..
Instead, we have a plutocracy, where the rich don't give a shit how many non-rich people die in mass shootings, because the mass shooters never kill or even attack anyone in the class of rich folks who really run things here and own all the pols in the fed govt. They have no need for gun control of the general population, as they have all the security details and home security they need, with their gated communities and home security systems as well... They are very content to watch members of the lower class kill off other members of the same lower classes.
I already knew you was a gun nut before you replied. Fact is, gun control is the ONLY thing that will EVER curb gun violence.
If you think you can fix why people do what they do, you’re as crazy as the fucks doing the shootings.
You sound like a sensible person. Your welcome to join us in the conservativeatheist or gunrights groups.
Thoughts and prayers are only for deluded suckers and insincere pols who offer them after each mass shooting. As Malcom X said, arming yourself, when you truly are an oppressed group in a society dominated by racists and Christian fascists, is simply intelligent and prudent. And the MAGA white Christian fascist nationalists, are not an oppressed, targeted group, despite all their whining and self-claimed victimhood, as they have all of the police, as well as most of the pols, on their side. Same with the military and the FBI.
@jlynn37 What he said...... FrancoFran, you are just another ignorant, conservative asshole troll...
@FrancoFran Since you're on the internet let your fingers do the walking. This defines fascism: Britannica Dictionary definition of FASCISM
"a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government."
I think someone is using he word as an adjective when it's not appropriate. If you want to define fascist use the NRA as your example.
It is Republicans that should wear the Facist title: controlling women's rights, demeaning LGBTQ, forcing people to snitch on females that travel for an abortion, taking millions from the NRA to force their crap down the throats of the voters, telling us prayer isn't used enough in schools to stop shooters -which is so much bullshit i can smell it from here, everything done by Republicans can be equated to fascists.
@FrancoFran The gender transition stuff you are complaining about here, is hardly equivalent to what we saw on Jan.6, for example.
Supposedly the shooter was a trans former student. Given how Christians promote hatred and bullying of trans persons, the shooter may have been motivated by revenge. The shooter killed the principal, so that may have been a targeted murder alongside the others that were killed.
Makes total sense. In other words, the chickens came home to roost, as Malcom X would say, as the Christians anti-queer bigotry came back to bite them in the ass. Not that the church would ever admit it. I agree it was about straight up revenge, except this time it was the Bible-Thumpers who were unarmed and the queer person who was. They never seem to think about that sort of scenario or outcome, since they assume all of the people they hate will just play the passive victim role, instead of arming themselves to either take revenge or defend themselves...
They really don't care. This is the country they want US to live in. We can change this if we REALLY wanted too. Thought and prayers doesn't cost them anything and they don't have to do anything. Just keep pointing fingers and worry about drag queens and complain about the Bidens until the next shooting and repeat. They claim more guns make us safer, well damn then this should be the safest country on the planet then. They simply don't care and don't want to do anything about it, it's that simple.
How would you go about doing something about it? What is your solution? Would you make half of Americans criminals by changing laws? There isn't enough room in prison for half the population? What other steps would you take? If you say we can do something, then what?
@Tejas IDK. But first thing we have to do is put the petty differences aside and sit down and work something out. If we put our minds to it we can accomplish anything.
If only it were simply a matter of overcoming petty differences…..
I think you fail the appreciate the mindset of the right wing christians. They’re fighting a war for god against us libtard snowflakes, and discussing any kind of gun control measures is never gonna even be on the table. Fact is, they’ve already accepted that school shootings are acceptable collateral damage for their cause!?
@GrooshStar There’s a mass shooting in the US almost every week now. The politicians hardly even mention it any more, accept the ones directly affected by the current shooting….
It’s like it’s an acceptable norm now?!
A sad event that indeed lays bare the truth that pro-gun activists seek to obfuscate. Mainly that prayers and religion are all but useless when one has an additional "religion" that worships weapons.
As Malcom X said, more or less, America worships and respects violence and guns, in fact, it's about the only things, besides money, that Americans respect and value.
Hey there buddy be careful you appear to be misgendering and dead naming the shooter. Wouldn't want the mob on this site to go up in arms against you, fair warning.