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Why should we pray after a shooting, one member of Congress tells us we should

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As I am sure you are aware of, there has been another horrible shooting at the Fort Hood military base, in Texas. The shooter was depressed, though not barred from having a gun. Even under the strictest gun control proposals, he wouldn't have been barred from having one.

Now, after the shooting Congressman Pete Olson (R-Texas) took to Twitter and wrote "...fellow Texans need our prayers more then ever. Pray." Blue DePage responded to him with the tweet, "We don't need prayers, we need cowardly congressmen to stand up to the gun industry's @NRA and pass sensible gun laws."

A couple of points, while this tweet from DePage is right that we need congressmen to stand up to the gun industry and pass sensible gun laws, especially full background checks for all gun sales in the U.S. (not just involving gun dealers), there probably wasn't much that could be done in this case. Maybe.

Second, DePage was also right that we don't need prayers. Prayers don't do anything but make the person praying think they did something, when they didn't. Indeed, instead of effective action taken they might lead to complacency.

Congressmen like Olson want you to pray, and ignore his support of the NRA's position that it is fine for there to be gun shows where someone with a violent felony record can lie and say they can legally buy guns. Because after all, if we don't trust violent felons, who can we trust?

Afterward, Congressmen Olson literally whined on some radio show about this tweet. He said he was offended that DePage was taking a political agenda after the shooting, when Olson himself had attacked President Obama after shootings. I guess it matters whose political agenda you promote? Indeed Olson called Depage a "heartless liberal."

Maybe he or she is, but not necessary. Many conservatives favor reasonable gun control, but that distinction is probably way beyond Congressman Olson's intellect.

Lastly, on that radio show, Olson stated that DePage should "get the heck out of America." Yes, for using her free speech rights to dissent with Olson. After all, the Founders of our nation built it to be a place where one had to leave if they disagreed with a member of Congress, or I could be mistaken.



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