• People Die Tragically and Kamala Harris Responds by Dissing Prayer. Classy

    Surge Summary: Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris  released a statement following this weekend’s mass-shootings ridiculing the response of “thoughts and prayers”. 

    Addressing the hideous mass shootings which took place this past weekend in El Paso, TX (20 people killed, even more wounded); and then Dayton, Ohio (nine perished), Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris released the following statement:

    El Paso was the 250th mass shooting in America this year, and Dayton is 251.

    That’s almost certainly a dishonest use of that statistic and wildly inaccurate. Senator and anti-gun types, please note:

    The FBI defines a mass killing as any instance in which three or more people are killed, not counting the suspected killer. So if you follow that definition, there have been about 31 shootings in 2019 that would qualify as mass killings. [wusa9.com]

    No denying, thirty-one – or even just one? Too many. But it ain’t two-hundred-fifty-one.

    More from Harris:

    As President, I will ask Congress to place comprehensive gun reform on my desk within 100 days. If they fail to act, I will take action. Here is what I will do:

    I will revoke the licenses of gun manufacturers and dealers that break the law and take the most egregious offenders to court.

    Memo to candidate Harris: this is not a radical or even new idea. What serious person – including among Republicans – doesn’t want to prosecute lawbreakers of any kind?

    She continues:

    I will mandate the most comprehensive background checks in history by requiring anyone who sells more than five guns in a year to run a background check on all gun sales.

    Background checks are de rigueur already in most commercial gun sales. Regrettably, they still fall short in identifying those prohibited from owning guns because … all human efforts frequently do so.

    And I will ban the importation of AR-15-style assault weapons into the United States.

    Whether or not Harris understands it, she is endorsing a policy here which would outlaw importation of scary-looking guns (i.e., “AR-15-style assault weapons”). These banned rifles would be those with a military appearance but which are otherwise not much different from standard-issue hunting long-guns. Both require one trigger-pull for each expelled round.

    “These are actions well within the powers of the presidency,” she intones. “And I will take them.”

    Those conservatives and Republicans suddenly enamored with aggressive and untrammeled “executive” (i.e., presidential) orders, please note: that is the path, in part, Harris is promising here.

    She closes her statement with this tone-deaf awfulness …

    No more thoughts and prayers. We need action. If you’re with me, split a contribution to Giffords, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

    Nice. The Senators’ allergy to “thought” – or at least anything besides paper-thin “thought” — when addressing the problem of gun-violence is evident in the proposals she outlines. Should she have her way, the only result will be “good-guys”, law-abiding Americans’, having a tougher time acquiring what is, bottom-line, a tool for protecting themselves and their loved ones.

    But she doesn’t stop there, next spitting on those who believe in the “power of prayer”.

    Millions of Americans – modern-day and for centuries – can testify prayer is exactly what is needed at a time like this, in the face of tragedy and loss. Of course, it’s often not all that is called for, but surely looking to God’s potent intervention plays a signal role in bringing comfort, wisdom and, indeed, change into the lives of multitudes embroiled in otherwise dire and/or hopeless situations. Answered prayer, courtesy of a living and loving Creator, is an iron reality to multitudes.

    Sen. Harris’ boorish rant uncovers her obliviousness to this daily, fortifying fact. She wants to be president over a nation full of individuals who cherish a spiritual practice she insults in the most loutish way? Likely it’s a counter-productive campaign tactic.

    I certainly pray it will be.

    This column was updated. 

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