Perry: Prayer Will Fix Gun Violence


Texas Gov. Rick Perry seems to think that the appropriate and effective policy to combat any problem society faces, from teen pregnancy to droughts, is prayer. Now he’s arguing that we should fight gun violence by praying for our children, which will prove as effective as abstinence-only sex ed has been in combating teen pregnancy:

Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror.

There is evil prowling in the world – it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds. As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.

In fact, the piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally. The second amendment to the Constitution is a basic right of free people and cannot be nor will it be abridged by the executive power of this or any other president.

So the Adam Walsh act, or Meghan’s law, or the laws that created Amber alerts, and for that matter every anti-abortion law that is justified by having to save the babies, that must disgust you too, right Rick? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Comments

  1. scienceavenger says

    I guess one more thing Rick Perry can’t remember is that the victims of Sandy Hook did their fair share of praying that day.

  2. allytude says

    As Jon Stewart put it, he should be asked to demonstrate stopping a school shooter with prayer.

  3. Rich Woods says

    Maybe Governor Perry could repeal all the traffic and vehicle safety laws, thus freeing up the police for more worthwhile activities. As long as everyone prays for safe journeys, the death toll on the roads wouldn’t increase, would it?

  4. Moggie says

    What a revolting message for the bereaved: hey, this wouldn’t have happened if you’d prayed harder. And how about church shootings? Why is that even a thing? Apparently, prayer is so ineffectual against gun violence that you can even be shot in church while praying.

    What a disgusting excuse for a human being Perry is.

  5. Michael Heath says

    Rick Perry:

    The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror.

    That’s not true, I can think of a handful of prohibitions or regulations that would prevented this tragedy. One would be more stringent gun safety educative requirements prior to purchase. That should have had the mother making access to her guns and ammo far more difficult than the easy access her troubled son had, to her detriment as well.

    I was shooting with friends and family last weekend. The one person who used that event to falsely promote the idea that the president seeks to prohibit all guns was not only the sloppiest handler of firearms amongst the adults, his young son was far too young and untrained to even realize the weapons he wielded were dangerous to humans. This child (he was probably somewheres around seven to ten years old) had no business touching a weapon when people other than his dad were present. Twice I had to duck when this guy’s kid swung a loaded weapon in my direction, which this kid did at least a half-dozen times towards others.

    I was fortunate to have had a father licensed to teach hunter safety, so I’m probably more aware than most on how frequently people with guns put others at risk. But learning how to not do so is not rocket science, where it begins with a sufficient understanding of the threat a gun poses.

  6. says

    But Marcus Ranum, after Perry prayed for rain and invited 30,000 friends to a football stadium to help, god answered his prayer.
    Shortly thereafter the whole fucking state caught on fire. That was god saying: “Fuck you, Rick.”

  7. thebookofdave says

    Rick Perry is in the rare position of opportunity to demonstrate the power of prayer to positively affect peoples’ lives. During his next run for office, he should substitute prayer groups for his entire campaign fundraising, and media relations staff. This could bring relief at last to the suffering people of the great state of Texas.

  8. says

    I’d invite Mr. Perry to engage in a little demonstration to prove that prayer can stop gun violence.

    It goes like this. He sticks the business end of a loaded .44 to his left temple, says the Lard’s Prayer and at, “Amen”, pulls the trigger. He either survives–a legit miracle–or goes to hebbin; win-win.

  9. Sastra says

    I suspect that one of the things Perry and other Christians mean to imply in their assertions is that there would be no gun violence if the shooters had been praying. Putting religion in school would change the hearts and minds of those who would otherwise have been killers, and Satan would have fewer people to enter.

    Technically, they’re right — but only in a way that means nothing. IF the “sad young man in Newhook” had instead have been a happy young Christian with love of Christ in his heart and a prayer of praise and thanksgiving on his lips, THEN he would NOT have been a sad young man shooting school children. Granted. It’s a tautology.

    IF the sad young man in Newhook had been a happy young atheist with love of humanity in his heart and a rational argument on his lips, THEN he would not have shot up a classroom of kids. Ditto if he’d found a lot of deep satisfaction in humanitarian aid, or video games, or dressing up small turtles in cunning little outfits. The key issue isn’t what he believes or does, but that he finds enough happiness in it to not be quite so sad in the particular violent way he was.

    The cure for fixing gun violence is to make the perpetrators happier sorts of people to begin with.

    I like that cure.

    Duh.

  10. says

    But Marcus Ranum, after Perry prayed for rain and invited 30,000 friends to a football stadium to help, god answered his prayer.

    That’s what I was thinking. I was thinking that Texas schools might look like a bad day on The Eastern Front if god sees fit to answer Perry’s prayers the way he usually does.

  11. raven says

    There is evil prowling in the world – it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds.

    Perry is right here. And if he would look in a mirror, he would see evil staring back at him.

    Perry’s career could be used as evidence for the gods. The guy was too stupid to be nominated presidential candidate in a GOP field crowded with wackos and idiots.

  12. grumpyoldfart says

    When I hear Perry saying things like that, I wonder if he really means it – or did the gun lobby give him the speech and a copy of his shit-file at the same time. Those shit-files can make politicians jump through hoops.

  13. DaveL says

    Above all, let us pray for our children.

    Pray for them all you want, but lock up your guns first.

  14. ohioobserver says

    Rick and his fundy buddies really have a thing for that Second Amendment. But…ah…that First one? That part about “make no law respecting an establishment of religion?” Not so much.

  15. anubisprime says

    One does but wonder that if their delusion is so all powerful and they pray so intently on every hassle they perceive…and a few biggies like drought, gun violence and presidential elections…that it occurs as to why Obama is still president of the USA and Romney let alone Perry…is not!
    Why the drought lasted in Texas for such an extended period and why he thinks more prayer is what will sort out the gun and the murdering it enables?

    Not only is that showing complete dumbness relying on something that palpable has been shown it does not work but it highlights the complete fatuous and criminally mentally warped cretins that show up to pretend it is a viable and guaranteed act that does!

  16. says

    IF the sad young man in Newhook had been a happy young atheist with love of humanity in his heart and a rational argument on his lips,

    Don’t be ridiculous. There’s no such thing as a happy young atheist. Everyone knows that atheists are bitter, miserable creatures incapable of feeling love or joy thanks the Gawd-shaped hole in their hearts.

    I don’t know about droughts or gun violence, but Rick Perry is proof that prayer can’t fix stupid.

  17. says

    Err. Blockquote fail.

    IF the sad young man in Newhook had been a happy young atheist with love of humanity in his heart and a rational argument on his lips,

    Don’t be ridiculous. There’s no such thing as a happy young atheist. Everyone knows that atheists are bitter, miserable creatures incapable of feeling love or joy thanks the Gawd-shaped hole in their hearts.

    I don’t know about droughts or gun violence, but Rick Perry is proof that prayer can’t fix stupid.

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