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So soon after Las Vegas the memorials to the dozens slaughtered there are still up, Sunday saw at least 26 more innocents, ages 5 to 72, "slain again senselessly, riddled again idiotically by a repeating evil." This time, they were mowed down in a Texas church by Devin Kelley, a 26-year-old white guy kicked out of the Air Force for "bad conduct" whose Facebook profile boasts an AK-15 assault rifle. By virtue of his skin color, he was not deemed "a terrorist" nor "an animal" by Trump and his unholy, bought-and-paid-for cohorts; instead, Trump just blathered, "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs." The other grotesques chimed in. Pence sent prayers and vowed to "stand w/ resolve against evil." Cruz, the most highly paid by the NRA, was "keeping all harmed...in our prayers." Even more helpfully, the Attorney General of Texas, which has some of the country's most lax gun laws, urged we get more guns. To which many in this carnage-strewn country responded, Are you fucking kidding me?
"None of this is inevitable," notes Dem. Chris Murphy of "the blood that flows endlessly" onto the floors of churches, schools, movie theaters and city streets. It can only be stoppedfighting the NRA, which has not slowed down or backed off in the wake of the slaughter. Their most recent actions: Proposed "murder insurance," a gonzo video proposing armed insurrection, and a since-deleted tweet after the Texas massacre reminding shooters - "Please help folks get these terms right" - of the difference between a clip and magazine. In the face of such soullessness, devout but furious Americans insist, "Our words and even our prayers (are) now so hollow there's a sort of rot set in." From the hashtag
#WorksNotFaith, "Remember when Jesus of Nazareth came upon thousands of hungry people, and rather than feeding them, thought and prayed?" We don't either. Before Texas, with Vegas still raw, Joshua Whitfield recalled the words of the fiery Isaiah for a nation of "pious foolishness." "When you spread forth your hands," God said through the prophet, "I will hide my eyes from you. Even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood."
The going NRA price for thoughts and prayers