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I’m Sick of Sending Thoughts and Prayers.

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How many of our thoughts and prayers do we have to send to victims of gun violence before something changes?

At this rate, no matter how many white men shoot up their own soil, nothing will change. Meanwhile politicians who are tweeting about thoughts and prayers, who actually have the power to do something, aren’t doing a single thing. In fact, most are actually affiliated with the NRA, which seems a little counterproductive if you ask me.

It’s almost like they’re saying, “I’m so sorry this happened to you….”

“… but I’m not going to tell you I’m actually affiliated with a company who probably isn’t sending you any thoughts or prayers because their whole purpose is to advocate for guns.”

And at this point it kind of seems like their thoughts and prayers are pretty useless–are meaningless words just to appear like they care. Because if they cared they would actually do something.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice when people come together and share their condolences in the midst of tragedy. It reminds us of our humanity–that we can unite in times of need. Except when it comes to guns and the violence they bring. Because when tragedy strikes at the hand of a gun, time and time again the internet becomes a place of rage filled with people who don’t want us to blame the guns and people who want change.

And I don’t know about you but I’m tired of sending my thoughts and prayers to countless more victims. It’s exhausting to continuously have to mourn the lives of those lost to a contraption people irrationally cling to–that people ridiculously defend by saying it’s written into the constitution.

‘Cause I hate to break it to you but slavery was also written into the constitution, claiming that slaves were only 3/5ths of a person, but things change. The second amendment was written in a time when guns were much different–when they weren’t what they are now.

Also, gun control doesn’t equate to no guns. So calm down. No one is trying to take your precious guns away.

So though you can continue to send your thoughts and prayers, let me leave you with one final thing and that’s James 2:14-17, that states, “14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

 

If you liked this article, my first book The Dark Dictionary is available here via amazon. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

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Andrew Kendall is a Southern California based author with a serious case of wanderlust. He is both an advocate for mental health and a lover of self-help books. Mesmerized at a young age by the world of magic created by J.K. Rowling, Andrew vowed to one day become an author himself in hopes that his words would inspire the lives of those around him. @andrewwrichard

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