Praying for People Executed While Praying Doesn’t Solve the Problem!


President Trump responded to the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs  Texas that left 26 people dead, and at least 20 more wounded.  The victims were people attending church, exercising their Constitutional rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  The victims ranged in age from 5 to 72, and among the dead were several children, a pregnant woman and the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of today’s horrible and murderous attack.” Trump said.   “All of America is praying to God to help the wounded and the families of the victims.”

Not a word was uttered by our President about the cause of the shooting, the many people who have lost their lives in America due to deranged shooters armed with assault weapons, or the mentally ill people who are allowed to buy guns.

 

The facts surrounding the shooting are outrageous and painful.  Devin Kelley, the shooter, was chased and shot by citizens, not law enforcement.  Mr. Willeford opened fire at Kelly, hitting him in the leg and torso, but it appears that the shot the ultimately killed Mr. Kelly was a shot he inflicted on himself.

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 The background of this shooter is outrageous.  (1) Kelly escaped from a mental health hospital during his stint in the Air Force — after making death threats against his superiors, according to a 2012 police report.  (2)  Kelly was arrested thereafter by police on June 7, 2012, at a bus terminal in downtown El Paso, Texas, after he broke out of Peak Behavioral Health Services, just over 10 miles away in New Mexico.  (3) Kelly was sent to the mental health facility after he was accused of assaulting his wife and fracturing his baby stepson’s skull.  Kelley had been court-martialled for domestic violence against his ex-wife and child in 2012. (4) The person who reported Kelley missing told El Paso officers that Kelley “was a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking firearms onto Holloman Air Force Base,” where he had been stationed, according to the police report. (5)  He “was attempting to carry out death threats” he had made against his military superiors, the report said.  (6) Kelly ACTUALLY ORDERED GUNS AND TACTICAL GEAR  USING THE COMPUTERS IN THE MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY!!!!!!
 Donald Trump isn’t responsible for the shooting.  However Trump defended our gun laws in the United States and asserted that that “hundreds more” would have died in the shooting if US gun laws had been more stringent.  Trump indicated that Stephen Willeford, who shot the gunman with his privately owned weapon, may not have been able to “neutralize” Kelley if stricter gun laws had been in place.  However the truth is quite the opposite!  Willeford was not in the church, and he shot Kelly as he was fleeing the scene.  Willeford did not stop the gunman from shooting more people, he simply shot him while trying to escape.  Moreover, Willeford did not kill Kelly.  He killed himself.
The truth is that mass shootings in the US have resulted in violation of the Constitutional rights  of hundreds of people.  For example:
 ***58 were killed in Las Vegas and an astonishing 546 people were injured
***49 were killed in Orlando and 58 were injured
***27 were killed in Sandy Hook
***12 were killed and 70 injured in Aurora movie theater shooting
Of the 30 deadliest shootings in the US dating back to 1949, 18 have occurred in the last 10 years. Two of the five deadliest took place in just the last 35 days.
 It has been reported that 31% of public mass shootings occur in the U.S., although it has only 5% of the world’s population. CNN cites a study by criminologist A. Lankford that finds that “there are more public mass shootings in the United States than in any other country in the world”.

As of June 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama had given speeches on fourteen different mass shootings during his eight-year presidency, repeatedly calling for more gun safety laws in the United States.  After the Charleston church shooting, U.S. President Barack Obama said, “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.”  After the December 2015 San Bernardino attack, Obama renewed his call for reforming gun safety laws and also said that the frequency of mass shootings in the United States has “no parallel in the world”.

Benjamin Franklin is credited with the quote: “God helps those who help themselves.”

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People of America, and our Congress, must help themselves deal with this deadly problem.  Gun activists and the NRA proclaim the importance of the 2nd Amendment.  However:

a.  The people killed in these mass shootings didn’t have their 2nd Amendment rights…or any other…protected.

b.  The most fundamental right under the US Constitution is right to life, liberty , and the pursuit of happiness.  Nobody’s 2nd Amendment rights should be considered more important than that.  In fact the 2nd Amendment was created to ensure the protection of life and liberty.  It is now being used to eliminate that right.

c.  The Second Amendment reads: 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.

However the Second Amendment, like the entire Constitution is interpreted by the Courts to have a logical interpretation.  For example, the Right of Freedom of Speech has not been interpreted to include the right to lie under oath or yell “fire” in a crowded movie theater.

Our laws currently ban guns made of plastic, because they cannot be identified by metal detectors.  We don’t allow citizens to possess weapons that could be used to attack an airplane.  In 1994, Congress and the President passed a bi-partisan assault weapons ban that outlawed private possession or sale of specific types of fully and semi-automatic weapons whose principle uses are to kill people, not to hunt or defend someone. That bill sunset in 2004, and the Republican Congress and Bush Administration refused to extend its provisions.

 

The reality is that gun control is a bi-partisan issue.  Broad majorities of more than eight in 10 Republicans and Democrats (and independents who lean toward each party) support blocking people who are mentally ill and people on federal no-fly or watch lists from buying guns.

84% of Americans support expanding background checks to include private firearm sales and purchases at gun shows, including a majority of Republican respondents. 84% of Americans realize that gun violence in America is out of control.  Something must be done.  Guns took more than 36,000 U.S. lives in 2015.  Since 1991, Americans have acquired 170 million new guns.

In a 2015 study using data from the FBI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University reported that firearm assaults were 6.8 times more common in the states with the most guns versus those with the least. Also in 2015 a combined analysis of 15 different studies found that people who had access to firearms at home were nearly twice as likely to be murdered as people who did not.

 

 

To make matters worse the incidence of mental illness in America is escalating out of control.  Every year, about 42.5 million American adults (or 18.2 percent of the total adult population in the United States) suffers from some mental illness, enduring conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.  It seems with this many mentally unstable people in America, we should have no difficulty passing more rigorous gun control laws, and certainly a ban on automatic weapons.  Yet, mentally unstable people continue to use automatic weapons to kill and injure innocent citizens,… including women, children and our response is to simply pray for them.  We’ve been praying for them for them since 2004 when the assault weapon ban expired, and the mass killings by mentally unstable people continue. We must take action NOW.  Devin Kelly didn’t care if his victims were Republicans, Democrats, Independents, young, or old, white or black, members of the military, or even gun owners or not.  He killed without regard to the Constitutional rights of his victims, and regardless of whether any of the victims had wronged him in the past.

 

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It is insanity to suggest that we can solve the problem of innocent people being gunned down in church by mentally ill people, by simply praying.  We have to be proactive to institute change if lives are going to be saved.  #bethechangeyouwishtoseeintheworld

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7 thoughts on “Praying for People Executed While Praying Doesn’t Solve the Problem!

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  1. I am thankful the shooter was stopped. But the average gun owner is not trained nor qualified to shoot criminals or the mentally ill. We pay taxes to hire trained police and law enforcement to protect us. We elect paid servants to represent us on issues. We have gun problems today due to Citizen United and money influencing our elections and laws. Overturn citizen united and enforce the gun laws on the books then ban all military weapons and accessories. Offer gun buy back. And improve the military and criminal data base for law enforcement.

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      1. Yes, and there may have been people there with guns, I’m not positive on nv gun laws. It was a country western concert. Guns god etc. Most people did not know where the shots were coming from. I can imagine a gun owner trying to help and accidently shooting wrong person or starting a gun fight with many.
        For some reason I like to depend on trained law enforcement to handle crime in play. Walking around like were in a war zone with hot headed people armed is not safe to me. So I guess the war was brought home, vets radicalized, unregulated militias, greed in the gun industry beyond belief, politicians tainted by lobby money. The USA public has had it. Enough of liars, predators, and cons artist. Lets clean it up.

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  2. I sent this question to the NY Times after seeing a long article of statistics on gun deaths. What drugs had Mr. Kelly been taking? When did he stop taking them? The Times had no mention of mental health drugs, in spite of the fact that most of our mass killers have been on ,mental health meds.

    We have a problem like the opioid problem with mental health drugs. They have severe side effects when they are abruptly stopped. We have no statistics on how many suicide victims were on mental health meds and stopped or ran out. We have no stats on murderers who were in the same category. There is minimal testing done to see what happens to a patient when a mental health drug is suddenly stopped. It’s not pretty. Patients go into various types of “decline” like depression, suicidal impulses, lethargy, uncontrolled rage, violent anger spells, and a feeling of totally losing control.

    Opioid side effects give us criminally motivated coke and meth heads. Mental health side effects give us the worst behaviors known to man, true insanity.

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  3. As long as god is referred to in the 3rd person, prayer itself will remain a symptom of mental illness.

    I am neither an aetheist, nor agnostic, nor believer, for those three words have nothing to do with truth, with what is.

    Religion must be understood through mythology, and psychology must be understood through metaphysics. Upon doing so, one comes to see, to waken, to the true nature of the self, and of the divinity in all of life.

    There is no “other” that protects, but what we are is what gets us through. What we are is divinity. What distorts that is a belief in salvation, which leaves people impotent. That impotence is compensated for with guns and drugs, to name but a few symptoms. Prayer then is essentially a prayer for oneself, to oneself.

    There was an article in The Times a few days ago about the guns not going away until religious leaders step up and accurately translate the misunderstood religious symbols, taken to be literal, the most obvious being the fable of a carpenter who was nailed to a cross.

    We are 2000+ yes in denial as a country. That is why we have a gun problem in this country. And it isn’t about the guns. And yet it is.

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    1. Ps. “Why in america and not other religious, western, first world, or powerful countries – to the extent that it exists in volume as it does in america?”

      Because its built into the Constitution, that’s why. And being a capitalist country, that enables the sheer volume.

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