For the love of God, make it stop.

More shootings. They seem to be coming every day now. Like many, I feel hopeless and horrified.

I am slowly giving in to the understanding that I need to blame myself. My silence is promoting evil, because I mount no reply to a clearly transparent political response that blames video games, poor parenting or gay people.

I say nothing to the people that twist around the Constitution to defend their right to own and use twenty-first century killing technology based on an eighteenth century law. 

I don’t challenge a president who “God blesses” cities, and then incites hatred. He will never take responsibility for his part, because he can’t see it. I can see it, and so can many more

Authority is mainly a moral power; therefore, it must first call upon the conscience, that is, upon the duty that each person has to contribute willingly to the common good. Pope John XXIII

Bishop Daniel Gutierrez has nailed the solution, even if we have to be patient about it. Every election from here until whenever necessary is a single issue election. 

Each citizen must ask of every elected official one question.

“What are you doing to make it stop?” If the answer is nothing, or whatever you deem to be too little, vote them out. 

The thundering voice of citizens is greater than any lobby, and carries greater consequence than any campaign contribution. 

Politicians will immediately change course and support anything that helps them in the next election. We need to tell them what that is. We know that a politicians expression of “thoughts and prayers,” is a vain attempt to pretend sympathy. It is disgusting in its transparency.

It’s about the vote, and if you don’t think that we the people have the power, consider this:

In 1920, the populus created enough of a stir to force the shut down the sale of alcohol. 

In 1933, the populus created enough of a stir to repeal that silly notion. The House and Senate clearly supported the voice of the people, to keep their jobs, both times.

This is an American solution to an American problem. We need to use the tools provided to us. The right to vote. 

Protecting the rights of gun owners has enabled Americans to murder children, and our neighbors. 

Every citizen must ask of every elected official one question. “What are you doing to make it stop?” If the answer is nothing, or whatever you deem to be too little, vote them out. 

We have to ask ourselves, and each other:

“What are you doing to make it stop?”

 

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