I googled, you’re in my thoughts and prayers and this is what popped up: When offering your condolences to those who have suffered a loss. It’s a lovely sentiment that may well be true. And it is understanding of their pain and empathy for the situation. But you might want to say something else. (The last sentence is particularly interesting).
This phrase has become the politically correct phrase used by politicians when they aren’t moved to do anything. It is often used when there’s been some tragedy that’s gripped the emotions of the American people, in particular mass shootings. There have been more mass shootings in America this year (2023) than days of the calendar. That’s mind boggling. It’s incomprehensible that our politicians aren’t knocking at the door of solutions, shopping for some remedy to what has become a public health crisis.
Most progressive minded folks would say the gun lobby has too many politicians in its pocket. That is probably true, but what’s even more amazing is that polls indicate that most Americans favor stricter gun laws; however, that doesn’t work well at motivating our politicians to do anything. A 2022 survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows 71% of Americans say gun laws should be stricter, including about half of Republicans, most Democrats and a majority of those in gun-owning households. I seriously think polling numbers like that for any politicians, indicating the folks back home would like to see him/her booted out of office, would move the needle for beyond thoughts and prayers. Of course, that doesn’t indicate the folks want a change in representation. It only indicates that folks want something done. There is still a love affair with guns in America.
I’ve thought for most of my adult life that societal problems become real when they begin to affect the suburbs. If you look at drug issues, you’ll find that overdoses and deaths from drugs occurring in the inner city present little problem for most politicians. However, when these social ills creep into mainstream America, the hue and cry go out and something must be done. That dynamic doesn’t seem to be true where guns are concerned. There doesn’t seem to be any number of people killed or maimed in mass shootings that will move politicians to be bold enough to draft and pass gun laws that are strong enough to decrease the level of madness we’re experiencing in America. One would think that mentally deranged individuals going into our schools and slaughtering our children would do the trick, but it hasn’t.
Yeah. I know we have this thing called the Constitution and the Second Amendment to it, which has been understood to give citizens the right to bear arms. Because of that, I wouldn’t suggest that the government take our guns away. But what good, upstanding citizen needs a military-style fire arm with the ability to fire armor piercing bullets. Enough of that. I simply wanted to make it clear that I’m not preaching total disarming of our citizenry. It would take repealing of the Second Amendment to do that. Good luck with that during my lifetime and for decades after I’m dead.
Until something is done to decrease gun violence in this dimmed light on the hill called America, I think we should encourage our politicians to stop with the you’re in my thoughts and prayers.
I’m old and blessed…hope you will be too.