Will Condolences And Prayers Stop Mass Shootings? Of Course.

The day after a 29-year old security guard named Omar Mateen walked into The Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016 and began blasting away with his trusty Sig assault rifle, killing 49 people and wounding another 58, then-candidate Donald Trump immediately started yapping about how the shooting wouldn’t have happened if someone in the nightclub had been carrying a gun. Of course his real campaign manager, a.k.a. Chris Cox of the NRA, had to  remind him that the boys in Fairfax didn’t actually endorse mixing alcohol with guns. But that didn’t stop Trump from continuing to promote the necessity of arming civilians for the remainder of his campaign.

prayer            Now that candidate Trump has transmogrified into President Trump, the narrative has all of a sudden changed. When word reached the White House that a shooting rampage in a Florida high school was going to end up costing an untold number of lives, Trumpo’s first tweet was: “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.” An hour later, when the death toll had reached 17, and it may go higher, America’s guardian of the 2nd Amendment couldn’t resist another burp, this one saying, “Just spoke to Governor Rick Scott. We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting.”

In case you’re wondering, Trump the Shlump was demonstrating his leadership by talking to the same Rick Scott who signed 5 gun laws in one day on June 23, 2014, one of which which made it easier for residents of the Gunshine State to get concealed-carry licenses, another making it easier for defendants to justify violent behavior under the state’s Stand Your Ground law, all of which made him, according to the NRA, the Governor who “has now signed more pro-gun bills into law — in one term — than any other Governor in Florida history.”

As for the boyfriend of Stormy Daniels ‘working closely with law enforcement,’ I wonder if he was referring to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who would have been the chief law-enforcement officer on the scene. You may recall that just two weeks before we had to start putting up with this schmuck of a President, the exact date was January 6 2017, a guy named Esteban Santiago-Ruiz got off a flight from Alaska, collected his luggage, then pulled out a 9mm pistol and quickly shot 5 people dead. When a few Florida lawmakers then talked up a law allowing guns to be carried in certain areas within airports, Sheriff Israel spoke out against the measure, claiming that letting civilians walk around with guns would just make it more difficult for police officers to tell the good guys from the bad.

Incidentally, the day of the airport shooting, although not yet President, the New York landlord was obviously practicing for how he would respond to mass shootings from inside the Oval Office, because he tweeted that he had ‘spoken’ with Governor Scott and was ‘monitoring’ the situation. Oh yea, don’t forget the thoughts and prayers.

What I find interesting about this charade of concern is that Obama also responded to rampage shootings by first always mentioning how the victims were in his thoughts and prayers. But he would then call for some kind of ‘action’ in response to the shooting, which of course meant a new law regulating guns. The moment he switched from ‘thoughts and prayers’ to ‘regulations and laws,’ the various Gun-nut Nation mouthpieces accused him of ‘politicizing’ the event.

Remember when Wayne-o reminded us after Sandy Hook that it’s the bad guys we need to worry about, not the guns? Sooner or later I figured they would have to come up with a new slogan to keep the discussion away from whether we should be doing something about the guns. Who can argue with condolences and prayers? Perfect, just perfect.

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6 thoughts on “Will Condolences And Prayers Stop Mass Shootings? Of Course.

  1. I was at The Outdoorsman last night picking up a target pistol shipped to me from New York. Three kids, barely out of their teens (apparently too young to buy pistol ammo here, which means being 21), looking at ARs. Looking at them as some sort of macho toy. The discussion was infantile. Fortunately, they didn’t have enough greenbacks in their pockets to walk out with one. There is something wrong here. When I was a kid, I didn’t see real guns as equal to the stuff I got under the tree in my U.S. Invader Set.

  2. Because of space I did not mention school shootings when I attempted to write up something about terror management theory in a separate post. A school shooting tells us we are going to die and it may happen out of the blue to innocent people. This has to be something that arouses death anxiety in people so they need to defend their views of the world and that shows up in what people say in the aftermath of the tragedies. Also, the need to run down people who have different beliefs comes out more into the open.

    • This is a middle and upper class issue. School shootings happen randomly and in the case of this incident and Newtown, in “nice neighborhoods”. Moms Demand Action and New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence didn’t start up due to the daily carnage in places like New Orleans or Chi-raq. They started up after nice, middle class kids with clean shirts and clear eyes were blown away in Newtown. That ain’t supposed to happen–we left that on the East Side of Buffalo, for example, so as you allude, it suddenly strips away our comfortable armor of having insulated us from the nation’s high crime area problems and death by bullet anxiety. White flight doesn’t work too well if Adam Lanza is lurking about with an AR. Likewise, we can export bloodshed to the Third World with impunity until we are surprised, and indignant, when our own buildings are hit by planes.

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