Letter: Prayer won’t stop mass shootings, only legislation


There are times when I feel ashamed to be an American citizen. Now is one of them. When did a “well-regulated militia” become a heavily armed populace? Yet another mass shooting, bigger than any other in modern history, followed by politicians, including Governor Veto and President Twitter, calling for flags to be flown at half-mast and a “national day of prayer and mourning” at the very time legislation is passing through the U.S. Congress that would further remove restrictions on weapon sales (this time silencers, instigated by animal killer Donald Jr. himself). The hypocrisy is palpable.

Every time a mass shooting occurs we are told by the Republican leadership that “this is not the time to politicize the discussion” (though they did just that when Republicans were shot at in Washington earlier this year). We are told to “unite” then go back to sleep and business as usual until the next shooting when the process will inevitably cycle through again. “Prayer” will not stop the next shooting, only legislation will.

To the medieval-minded politicians who are lapdogs of the NRA, the knuckle-dragging rednecks who consider the 2nd Amendment sacrosanct, and unscrupulous, greedy weapons dealers (like the U.S. government, the largest worldwide) who put profit before everyone’s right to live in safety and free from fear of violence, I say we should mourn living under the violence-loving regime you foster that not only makes the next shooting possible, but encourages it.

Those of you who cannot be bothered to vote in the next gubernatorial election here in New Mexico (85 percent of you last election) will likely be complicit in ensuring that yet another rotund, violence-loving Republican will be at the helm doing what the NRA and ALEC tells him/her to do so that we may begin seeing unrestricted open carry and permit-free concealed weapons in our public places (like in Nevada) and finally bring back the wild, wild west of lawless shootouts in the streets. It is time to make New Mexico a model for the nation in which weaponry is regulated like a controlled substance, one that is far more dangerous than all the others combined.

- Scott Shuker, Northern New Mexico