After the shooting in San Bernardino county, liberals did the usual grandstanding over the need for gun control. They also, however, have jumped on a new trend: “prayer shaming” conservatives who offer public condolences. The New York Daily News is the latest participant in this trend, who published this cover today, dismissing their offer of prayers as “meaningless platitudes” and blaming them for the continuing problem:
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) has also jumped on the “prayer shaming” bandwagon, tweeting out to Republican congressional members: “Your “thoughts” should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your ‘prayers’ should be for forgiveness if you do nothing – again.”
Murphy says this, even though The Daily Caller reports that he himself used other tragedies to offer up his “thoughts and prayers,” and thanked others for their prayer offerings after the Sandy Hook shooting in his state.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), in an interview on CNN, said he is “through” with moments of silence on the House floor whenever a tragedy occurs, saying he prefers “moments of action” instead.
The implication by the left – which is actually more of an accusation – is that prayers mean nothing because these Republicans are holding back gun control reforms that could have prevented the tragedy. Unfortunately, that is a naive simplification of a complex problem. While gun control as a concept is always advocated by some after a mass shooting, we have yet to find any sort of gun control plan that could have prevented the event.
California has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, and it did not stop the San Bernardino shooting. France has some of the toughest gun laws on the books, and yet the Paris tragedy happened anyway. Even in a perfect world, an outright gun ban would not stop mass shootings. These weapons (like drugs or any other illicit material) will still be available to a motivated person. And from what we know so far, the San Bernardino shooters were very motivated, and even had weapons besides guns that they were willing to use.
Liberals mock the prayers of conservatives as “platitudes,” but they themselves embrace an even greater, more useless platitude: that government intervention and regulation can solve any problem. They seem to think their lord and savior Barack Obama has the answer, when they must know the true problem is in the heart, not the gun in the hand. It is a problem not easily solved.
Ironically, President Obama said this morning that the first thing we should do is send our thoughts and prayers to the victims. Does anyone think he’s going to get any criticism for saying that?