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Friday, February 23, 2024
Feb. 23, 2024

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Letter: Thoughts and prayers not enough


The Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Democratic U.S. senator from Georgia, is senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, formerly Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church.

Warnock’s own children were put on lockdown during a shooting in Georgia not long ago. Afterward, Warnock said it best about people invoking “thoughts and prayers” after mass shootings while still opposing gun control measures:

“But I hasten to say that thoughts and prayers are not enough. In fact, it is a contradiction to say that you are thinking and praying and then do nothing. It is to make a mockery of prayer. It is to trivialize faith. We pray not only with our lips, we pray with our legs. We pray by taking action.”

What will it take to end our insanity, and particularly the Republican opposition to an assault weapons ban? A majority of congressional Republicans having a child or grandchild killed? A majority with a child or grandchild overly anxious about attending school?

Like my teenage grandson recently expressed: “I don’t want to go to school; I don’t want to be shot.”

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