We’ve been hearing a lot (too much) about thoughts and prayers. It’s a nice sentiment, but what do these thoughts and prayers actually do? Do they help the grieving and the injured? Do people stop grieving and get “better” once they know their government officials are sending them thoughts and prayers? Do these kind sentiments help?
As anyone who has suffered grief and injury knows, thoughts and prayers do nothing to help. Making sure others won’t suffer the same injury and grief would help, but since sending sentiments doesn’t change anything, there is no way they “help”.
Blaming video games, music and lyrics, even movies is ridiculous. Other countries spend more money on more violent video games and they don’t have the same problems we do here in the U.S. As a country we export all our music (along with the lyrics) all over the world, and the rest of the world doesn’t have the same mass murder problems. And, last, but not least, our movies also are sent out to be viewed all over the world and again, the rates of mass murder is much higher in the U.S.
However, there is one BIG difference between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Guess what that is? Gun ownership – and the kind of gun ownership. There is a difference between what kinds of guns may be owned, and how people can obtain them. The conditions are much more stringent in the rest of the world than in the U.S. Also, there is a limit on what kinds of guns may be obtained, along with the amount of ammo that can be bought.
But hey, let’s not discuss that, we’ll just send out our “thoughts and prayers”. And then go and collect our bribes from the NRA.