If I die in a mass shooting, I don’t want your Thoughts and Prayers - Redux

This post was originally published in October 2017 after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Today, multiple shootings later, with the most recent being the murder of 5 employees of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, the sentiments are the same. Particularly, as the President, owned and operated by Vladimir Putin, sends out his "thoughts and prayers," three days after calling the news people present at one of his rallies "the enemy of the [American] people."

Eight months later and this country still trudges along watching innocent people blown to bits by madmen with guns.

"When will they ever learn?"

It is sad to say, but after the latest incident in Las Vegas and the bloviating that is going on in the media by our elected officials, I want people to know that if I die in a mass shooting, I don’t want anyone’s thoughts and prayers.

On a day when a man was able to shoot over 600 people with his automatic weapons, the best that some of our National Rifle Association-owned politicians could do is send meaningless platitudes to victims and their families.

If I get shot in a mass shooting (which is becoming more likely by the day in this country), I don’t want my family hearing people spout that their #thoughtsandprayers are with them at this “time of your loved one’s death and your grief.”

I don’t want a president or any politician wishing their “warmest condolences” toward my family either. President Trump’s tweet the morning of the Las Vegas terrorist massacre included this phrase, “warmest condolences.” What the f**k does that mean anyway?

I don’t want U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas or any of his like-minded colleagues or successors tweeting how sad they are and indicating that his thoughts and prayers are with victims and families as he did today. Rather, I’d like someone to point out that Senator Cotton has received over $1.9 million from the National Rifle Association.

My wife and kids won’t care that you are “thinking and praying for them.” Instead, they’ll be planning a funeral and wondering how some random person in some random state of this country was able to get his hands on guns that are the equivalent of weapons of mass destruction.

If I get shot and killed by a terrorist, like this Paddock guy in Las Vegas, a thought and a prayer isn’t going to bring me back. Having a gun in the pocket of one of the victims in Las Vegas wouldn’t have brought the victims back either given the shooter’s “shooting fish in a barrel” set up.

So, please, if I die in a mass shooting, don’t send my family verbal platitudes. Send e-mails to politicians who believe owning semi-automatic weapons is consistent with the Second Amendment. Take a stand in some way that supports the idea that having an Uzi in someone's house or car is not what this country's founding fathers had in mind when they drafted the Constitution.

When you pull my bloodied wallet out of my pocket and see my face on my Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card, don’t insult my family with your fake prayers. Instead, call a Senator or a congressman and ask why they haven’t done anything to stop mass shootings in this country.


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