Another week, another mass shooting in America. At least 14 dead, another 14 wounded. And what are we going to do it about it?
Mostly offer our "thoughts and prayers" to the victims. And their families And the first responders.
Which, obviously, does precisely zero, nada, zilch to stop the next mass shooting. And it will come soon. Because the next one always does.
Only in America do we have this much gun violence. Why? Because we have way more guns per capita than any other nation. So we have way more gun deaths.
Responsible gun control is the answer.
Thoughts and prayers are useless. They accomplish nothing (if a person directly affected by a shooting is told you are personally thinking of them, then they might feel a little bit better, but this rarely happens).
So, please Americans, stop with the thoughts and prayers.
All these rote expressions of sympathy accomplish is relieve your guilt that you're not doing anything to stop the needless gun violence.
Support those calling for universal background checks and other reasonable gun control measures. Refuse to vote for politicians who mindlessly do the bidding of the NRA. Put pressure on federal, state, and local officials to prevent more mass shootings.
It's fine to feel for the victims. But if this is all we do, feel, we're being uncaring, not compassionate. One direct action to stop gun violence is better than a thousand thoughts and prayers.