Save Your Prayers For The Living

angry-godThey profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

Titus 1:16


Your prayers are useless. Your prayers are insulting, always coming after the fact and as an afterthought. Want to pray? Pray for a change, pray there are no more victims of gun violence, pray the NRA becomes known as a criminal enterprise, and pray Congress finds their heart and starts to do something to change the vicious and violent nation we live in. Then when you get off your sanctimonious knees find your heart and demand change, do something, take action.

I am tired of it all. Aren’t you?

I am weary as hell of turning on the news and seeing another mass murder, another report of a school, church, theater or mall shot up and dozens dead. I am mind numb with the senseless death 11202102_486110584889188_3832410922166378229_nin every city, of the thousands of our youth, lying on cold streets in pools of their own blood. I am shattered by the number of guns bought and sold daily in this nation without a single thought to how they will be used, without a background check or any other validation or identification. I am stunned that we still can’t do even the simplest of things, a national background check versus what we have today the useless state by state checks that allow for loophole after loophole to be casually meandered through by those who would do grave harm.

I am exhausted by the excuses presented by the media, government Representatives and of course those spokespersons for the gun manufactures the NRA, for why yet another mass killing has happened.  Everything from ‘Beta Male Syndrome’, just what the hell is this anyway? Boys don’t feel they are getting enough female attention so they buy guns and blow shit up?  To the random, mental health issues; okay everyone has a bit of crazy these days. Then we have the easy to identify, my wife left me so I am going to kill her and everyone else around her, there are a few of these. Of course, we have the failing to make the grade so let me kill those professors and students who might be better than me. Finally we have the just plain old racist, bigot assholes who think there is a need to kill those ‘not like them’ out of what, fear and hate.

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The face of the mass murder from 1984 to today

It isn’t getting better, it is getting worse. This ignorance, the pure unhealthy love affair this nation has with violence is making our small bit of this world a terrible place to live and to raise our children. From mass murders in theaters, churches, classrooms and malls to the random murders on the streets; it is getting worse. Fear and violence, children lying dead, by the hand of a parent, classmate, cop or random drive-by. Truly does it matter how a child dies? I can tell you it doesn’t matter to the parents who must search for a small casket to bury that child.

Your prayers are useless. Who needs or wants your prayers? Surely, though they might be polite and thank you, not those who are left behind. Not those who must bury their beloved family members, their children, siblings or spouses because some asshole with access to a guns and more rounds of ammunition than a platoon needs on maneuvers decided today was the day they would kill human beings. Not the walking wounded who must live every single day with the nightmares and physical results of the shots fired by a random stranger or loved one, who must face their changed circumstances and the even in some cases their shortened life expectancy, not because of their poor choices but because they were in the were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Your offer to pray for any of us, yes us, without action is an insult. If I hear one more person tell the victims of gun violence they are praying I believe I will scream.

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

James 2:26

Let me help, please let me help your understanding if there is any confusion at all. Guns have no purpose but to kill. Killing is the only purpose of a gun. Don’t try to make it out to be anything other than what it is, those who want to paint lovely pictures about skeet shooting, range shooting and target shooting need to step off, you only do this so you are better killers with guns. Guns, allDomestic-Violence-9Women-1_Meme-noURL guns from the smallest ladylike pistol to the biggest cannon have one single purpose, to kill; whether killing people or animals for food. Guns are designed to kill as efficiently as possible, depending on their design they kill one thing or have the potential to kill many things with a single pull of the trigger. Guns are tools of murder and destruction, this is their single and only purpose. They cannot be compared to anything else, nothing else at all. I have seen in social media guns compared to many other things over the years as the debate for gun control rages, let me try to set the record straight:

Cars ≠ Guns

Knives ≠ Guns

Baseball Bats ≠ Guns

Explosives ≠ Guns

Fire ≠ Guns

Poison ≠ Guns

Water ≠ Guns

Narcotics ≠ Guns

Hammers ≠ Guns

All of the above have been cited as things people use to kill with, things people would use to kill with if they didn’t have access to guns. This is true, these are all things you might use to kill another human being with if you didn’t have access to a gun or guns. The difference between these things and guns? All of the above have a purpose other than to kill another living creature, all have a reason to exist, yes even poison has a purpose other than to kill a living creature, in some cases it is to kill weeds in your yard, in some cases it is to alleviate pain. It is impossible to make the argument that guns and any of the above are in any way, shape or form equal any of the above they are not.

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Save your prayers, they are useless pandering. Save your tears, they are frankly too damn late.

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

Psalms 34:13


  1. Val this post packed a punch, and I say Bravo in every word written.. xxx

    • Thank you Sue. These are sometimes, all too often actually, difficult to write.

      • Yes I know, but you see you are chosen to write them, and are better qualified than most having gone through your own terrible Gun experience.. So we are each warriors championing at different ends of the spectrum.. ALL though with one aim in store.. PEACE~ Unity~ Tolerance, and Justice.. Love to you dear Val xxx

  2. You are right, offering prayers is so hollow. I don’t live in the United States, so I never really thought about that phrase, I knew it was something people said but never dug deeper. Now I see that it is infuriating and disappointing.

  3. Wrong link.

  4. Val, check this out. This is Robert F. Kennedy giving a speech on gun control in May 1968…in Roseburg, OR.

  5. Crazy, isn’t it? And there’s no way to fully prepare for random lunacy. The brain is so complex and then, there’s the easy access of guns to add to it all. The NRA definitely has leveled a certain amount of power that nothing has changed. Perhaps certain powers that be are under the gun to do nothing.

    • I think it is so critical today we make changes. We simply have to stop thinking we can do nothing and start to do something.

      • Won’t argue with that. It’s just too easy to get access to weapons. You know your girl (Clinton) has come up with a plan.

        I do wonder about folk who are able to get them, even with background checks. You know, what if they can get them and 10 or so years down the road, they aren’t as mentally stable. Say, something happens in life and they still have the license to have the gun. This is very much the case when looking at domestic violence.

        • Not my girl. Wouldn’t touch her with someone else’s.

          That being said. I think there should be regular licensing and regular standards folks with guns should have to meet, just like with cars. We don’t just get it once and that is it.

  6. frigginloon says:

    Last time I commented about gun laws in the US someone threatened to shoot me. LOL.

  7. Another devastating travesty. I have no words anymore. ❤ ❤
    As always, your lay your post out in a way anyone can understand. But still, another shooter turns up and more innocents are removed.

  8. It must be especially painful for you and bring back memories. And excellent post!

  9. After the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, some doctor wanted to gain access to Adam Lanza’s brain and conduct an autopsy; hoping to find some kind of physical defect that might explain why he went on that rampage. I said they needed to do an autopsy on his mother’s brain, since she’s the one who bought all those firearms and left them in the house for easy access. Others pointed to Lanza’s autism as the root cause. But I said he obviously wasn’t so delusional he didn’t know to pick up those guns; load them; walk to that school and begin shooting; and then kill himself when the police showed up.

    Nothing will happen, as long as our elected officials allow themselves to be bullied and terrorized by the NRA and other gun rights supporters. I remember when Sen. Rubio made that comment about convicted felons having their gun rights restored, but not their voting rights. That’s a typical response from some politicians, especially here in the South. But, of course, nothing is going to happen – as always. Congress may hold a hearing – as always. And the NRA will show up to give some pathetic excuse why more gun legislation (or at least enforcement of existing gun laws) is unnecessary and unconstitutional – as always. Then something like Roseburg will happen again, and we’ll go through that entire cycle once more – as always.

    • Well it is interesting, the father of Marysville, WA shooter was just convicted on guns charges. He had all his guns illegally, one of which his son used to shoot 4 of his classmates. Now he faces up ten years for each of the six guns he bought due to a loophole in the law that ultimately led to the death of his son and four others.

  10. Val, this is excellent! Wow! Your visuals are perfect. The series about what is allowed where by children is chilling. You and I are on the same wave length this week. I finished writing my post last night (Praying is Not Enough), and will post it in a few minutes. You did a great job with this piece. Take care.

  11. We need to take our government back from people who want to nullify democracy and the abolition of slavery. Guns are also used to manipulate, frighten and threaten. They held the Civil Rights of blacks at bay for almost a century and are still used to terrorize by racists to terrorize and to prop up their antiquated world view.

    And while we’re not pretending that guns don’t kill people let us also stop pretending that words don’t incite violence.

    We’ve got to hold everyone accountable; and that includes the rich broadcasters and advertisers who benefit so handsomely from the chaos they help to promote.

  12. I’m MAD AS HELL and I don’t want to take it ANYMORE.
    I thought after Sandy Hook something would be done, we would see the LIGHT))))
    I was wrong. I was so wrong.
    What is happening to this country? The ignorance is TOO MUCH.
    I’m not only MAD; I’m SCARED as hell, too.


  13. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This says it all!! Please stop …. and read this! A change is desperately needed!!

  14. Mr. Militant Negro says:

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

  15. No ice cream cones allowed, but a gun? No problem. That’s mind-boggling. This whole thing is mind-boggling. Someone on FB just posted about the organization ‘Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’ as a way of getting involved to stop this madness. I’m going to check it out:

  16. You know I’m with you on all of this. As are all folks with a heart, soul and brain.

    Interestingly, I just got a comment from a long-ago posted piece on gun control, from Gun Control Now. You might want to contact them. You have such a story to tell.

    Gun Control Now USA will host your #GunControl #GunSense #GunViolence Content

  17. well said; the time for change is long overdue and the value of life should be above & beyond anything else

    • I think, always I think this time it will cause all of us to take a deep breath and move the ball. But then it doesn’t happen and my fury rises a bit more and how desperately ignorant we are.

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