House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc), a devoted Catholic who should have fallen away a long time ago, called down the power of heaven against gun violence, urging us fellow Americans to pray for the victims of the Sutherland Springs mass murder:
Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 5, 2017
With all undue respect, Saint Paul the Smug, people whose loved ones die from military-style weapons need tighter restrictions on firearm sales, you know, like the one President Obama instituted covering the mentally ill and your pu**y-grabbing bedfellow Trump struck down.
Then again, Obama’s law would not have applied to the Texas church shooter whom the US Air Force admittedly failed to register as a domestic violence felon who spent a year in the brig.
No less a luminary than Wil Wheaton of “Star Trek: TNG” fame weighed in for the other side with a rant that rings true to many of us:
Your faith is your business, and people like Paul Ryan exploit it while they hide behind words without deeds, and people continue to die.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) November 5, 2017
During an interview on Monday, Ryan argued that “prayer works.”
“It’s disappointing. It’s sad and this is what you’ll get from the far secular left. People who do not have faith, don’t understand faith, I guess I’d have to say,” Ryan told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle” when asked about the criticism of his tweet.
“And, it is the right thing to do, is to pray in moments like this because you know what? Prayer works,” he added following the 307th mass shooting so far in 2017.
Trump, on the other hand – a noted self-trained psychoanalyst who doesn’t even have to meet with his patients to render a diagnosis – dismissed ill-begotten weaponry as a failure of gun control, attributing the death of 26 people and wounding of 20 people to mental illness:
This isn’t a guns situation. This is a mental health problem at the highest level. It’s a very, very sad event. A very, very sad event, but that’s the way I view it.
Let’s get this straight: it’s okay with Ryan and Trump for a crazy guy to get weapons as long as he doesn’t use them, and the NRA – which, by the way, has Ryan at the top of their list of campaign donation recipients – can’t be held responsible for making these weapons as destructive as possible.
Is it really too early to talk about guns? Ask the next church congregation or concert goers on the list.
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