Wednesday’s shootings in San Bernardino, California left fourteen people dead and seventeen wounded. Of course, in the wake of such horrors, Americans will come together and offer their thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, and will pray to God that such a heinous act will not happen again.
And then that’s it. Once the thoughts and prayers have been given, we move on and do nothing. Then the next shooting happens, we offer the same thoughts and prayers, and move on. Repeat, repeat, repeat. With 355 mass shootings happening in this country in 2015 alone, we have grown numb, and move on with our lives.
Actually, scratch that. It’s not all Americans who want to move on. It’s only the conservative Republicans who want to move on. Don’t believe it? Look no further than the statements released from the Democratic presidential candidates and contrast them to the Republican candidates:
Compare + contrast: pic.twitter.com/vWXoIHd1Uy
— George Zornick (@gzornick) December 2, 2015
Yes, one group says no more, never again, and to put a stop to the madness. The other offers their temporary prayers, ones that will be given to the next batch of victims in due time. It’s not to say that thoughts and prayers are bad. On the contrary, sentiments expressed in a time of crisis is exactly what is needed. But those sentiments do not excuse inaction. And unfortunately, inaction is the only thing we seem to be good at.
When Columbine happened, we offered our prayers. When Virginia Tech happened, we offered our prayers. When Sandy Hook happened, we offered our prayers. Now San Bernardino has happened. Again we offer our prayers.
We can’t wait on God and divine intervention. We have the capacity to change our laws, our culture and our society as a whole on how it tackles guns and violence. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley are committed to change. The others on the opposite side? Just thoughts and prayers. No ideas, no actions.
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