After the events yesterday in Las Vegas—a polite way of saying after the terrorist attack on concert-goers where nearly six hundred people were killed or wounded—I was on social media reading the reports and one thing I noticed that really, really pissed me off: prayers for Las Vegas.
Prayers? Really? Or, for those who might not pray, or be part of any organized religious cult, “thoughts.” Prayers and thoughts.
Are prayers and thoughts going to bring back the 58 dead in Vegas? Heal the 500-plus victims? I mean, what a nice gesture right? Prayers and thoughts. But what good are they, those, in my opinion, meaningless words.
Did your prayers and thoughts stop gun violence after the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999?
Howsabout all those prayers for the twelve people shot dead in that Aurora, Colorado movie theater in 2012? How’d your prayers work out then?
And what about Pulse nightclub, just last year, when 49 people were killed? Did the prayers help?
At Virginia Tech in 2007 when 32 people were murdered? At Sandy Hook in 2012 when 26 adults and children were gunned down? How’d those prayers do then? And what about the Charleston shooting that left nine people dead?
San Bernardino; Fort Hood; Killeen,Texas; San Bernardino; Binghamton, New York; Washington Navy Yard;
That’s a lot of praying and what good has it done?