As a public service I’m going to make this very easy for you. You want to do something about all the gun slaughters across America? Do two things:
Step 1: Save your prayers, hand-wringing and sorrow.
They’re useless. Yes, useless. They may make you feel better but they do nothing to prevent next week’s slaughter or the one after that or the one after that.
In fact, they may ensure the mass slaughters keep on coming. Why? Because we’re human. Once we vent our emotions, we feel better, and when we feel better we tend not to do anything about the problem that roused our emotions in the first place.
And then, of course, it happens again. It’s our pattern when it comes to guns and slaughter. You’ve noticed this, yes?
We cried over Columbine. Then did nothing.
We cried over Aurora. Then did nothing.
We cried over Virginia Tech and San Bernardino. Then did nothing.
We cried buckets over Sandy Hook. And even then we did nothing, and if little kids being executed at school doesn’t compel us to act, no single incident ever will, not even Orlando.
So maybe – just this once – we dispense with the crocodile tears and all the false, empty expressions of concern and support and do the only thing that has any chance of preventing future slaughters.
I know: The horror! You: “You mean get up off my tush and drive to the polls and go through all the bother of signing in with that annoying stubby little pencil and waiting in line and stuff like that?”
Yes, I mean that. It’s the only way. Sorry. It can’t be helped. Sometimes life stinks.
You: “Can’t we just send an email to our congressperson or something?”
You can, but it wouldn’t do any good because I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Your congressperson doesn’t care what you think, not unless you agree with him or her.
Especially when it comes to guns.
When it comes to guns, congress-creatures listen solely to the National Rifle Association because the National Rifle Association sends their campaigns huge checks.
Which brings me to Step 2: Don’t vote for candidates who take money from the NRA because those are the people who are preventing common sense gun control in America – waiting periods, background checks, an assault weapon ban, limits on ammo clips and so on – and that’s the main reason nothing ever happens following slaughters.
If you’re not sure whether your congressperson takes money from the NRA, there’s a very easy test: Is he or she Republican? Then the odds are very high they’re on the NRA dole. The NRA has given about 96 percent of its donations to Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
So make it easy on yourself and just don’t vote Republican if you’ve finally had your fill of gun carnage.
I’m sorry if that sounds partisan but it’s really that simple.
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