But the statements they utter or type don't correlate to the empathy they claim to be experiencing while they're praying. Because empathy puts yourself in others shoes. And the only shoes they see when they look down are their own--in which a gun can also be seen dangling from a very firm grip.
I never write about politics, but there’s something I’ve recently noticed and I just couldn’t keep myself from writing about it.
It’s no secret that when things like mass shootings happen in America that both sides come out armed and ready to argue. One side argues for gun-control while the others cling to their firearms like they rely on them to breathe. But this is neither. This isn’t about the “lack of empathy” from the left–that people ridiculously claim use tragedy to get across their agenda. This is about the lack of empathy that actually lie in the pro-gun comments plastered all over social media.
“Guns don’t kill people… people kill people.”
“Stop blaming an inanimate object.”
“Well, nothing could have prevented this….”
“Even if we had stricter gun laws people would find guns anyway.”
This is where those who are quick to defend their precious guns lack empathy. Yes, lack empathy. I said it. Because though there is nothing wrong with praying it doesn’t take away from the complete lack of disrespect in these statements. Those who defend guns claim it’s the left who lacks respect, but when it comes down to it I don’t think it’s the case. One side argues with the statements above–claiming we are powerless. Are we? Do we really not possess the power to change or is that what they want us to think? While on the other hand the other side argues for change in hopes that this… does… not… happen… again. Is it that impossible to see a difference?
But back to my point on lack of empathy–
Would you say these statements to the family of victims? Would you walk up to a grieving widow and utter the words, “Oh honey, I’m so sorry, but nothing on earth could have prevented this. You’ve got to stop blaming the gun.”
Would you say these kind of statements to the people present, but who evaded death?
My guess………? You wouldn’t.
And yet everyone is so quick to type it tyrannically all over the internet as if people are already on their way to snatch their precious firearms.
So where’s the empathy? Because I don’t see it. You may be praying… but is that enough? You’re not doing anything else besides that. And prayer without action is like asking for a million dollars and expecting it to drop on your doorstep without working for it.
Also, this article isn’t to say that those who are pro-gun can’t be shocked and saddened by what happened. They’re human… I would expect them to be distraught and devastated by the news. But the statements they utter or type don’t correlate to the empathy they claim to be experiencing while they’re praying. Because empathy puts yourself in others shoes. And the only shoes they see when they look down are their own–in which a gun can also be seen dangling from a very firm grip.
And just for the record, in case anyone decides to sit here and pull out all the liberal slurs, I consider myself an independent. I have both conservative and liberal values. This article stems from what I’ve seen and what I feel those saying these kinds of statements just don’t see.
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