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In God’s House

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In God's House

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, spoke, or rather tweeted, to the nation following the latest mass shooting: “Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.” As the writer India Knight replied on twitter: “They were literally in God’s house, praying. Do you have a plan B?”

I am not taking this lightly. The mass murder of innocents in a church in Sutherland Springs was as heinous an act as one could possibly imagine. However, I am a little perplexed about Ryan’s reference to God. God’s everywhere, isn’t he, and must have had an idea something wrong was happening when the shooter arrived at the church. Praying now strikes me as a little on the late side.

Happily, President Trump got straight to the heart of the matter: guns were not to blame for this mass shooting. “We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, but this isn’t a guns situation,” he said. I’m sorry if my blogs often end back up with mental health but really, Donald. Having done some in-deep studying, courtesy of Google, I understand that some 42 million Americans have some form of mental illness. Trump concludes that it’s “mental health problems” that are the main problem. In which case this could be tricky.

Having taken steps to stop Muslims entering America, Trump may now decide to ban people with poor mental health entering the country, given that over 18% of the population are already likely, at least in his mind, to pop into the local corner shop, pick up a semi-automatic rifle in order to inflict carnage. If Trump is right – and he isn’t – forget the National Rifle Association (NRA) and concentrate on everyone who is on anti-depressants.

I disagree with pretty well everyone. I can’t see various acts of prayer to be of any real value when the God character appears to omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent at the same time as knowing nothing, never being around when he is needed and powerless. He’s the God who isn’t here, although using His alleged existence is a handy diversion for Trump. The latest shooter is plainly at least one sandwich short of a picnic, or even a small packed lunch, so there is a fair chance that mental illness may have been a factor. We don’t know that and neither does the yellow wank puffin who presides as the leader of the free world. As he shot himself – the shooter, not Trump, sadly – we may never know but I am sure we will learn in due course that he was a fine husband and father and loved animals. A mass shooting can only be about one thing: guns.

In the UK, we have a lot of people with mental illness issues. The big difference, you could say, is that we cannot pop along to Walmart, or Asda as we know it, and pick up a few Smith and Wessons with the weekly shop. I suppose our system works quite well in that the unbalanced can’t access guns. In America, even the president can get one.

The US has its second amendment to the constitution whereby the good people of America are allowed to bear arms. This is why mass murders take place and always will until someone scraps it, always assuming they don’t get shot first.

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