By Hemant Mehta
During an interview for CNN’s The Axe Files With David Axelrod, Democratic senator and presidential candidate Cory Booker argued that gun reform needed to be taken more seriously because the usual Republican reaction of offering nothing more than thoughts and prayers was — and he said this — “bullshit.”
“When I’m President of the United States, I’m taking a fight to this issue like folks have never seen before, because we’re better than this is a country. It’s a uniquely American problem. No other country has this kind of carnage,” Booker said to David Axelrod on “The Axe Files”… “We are not going to give thoughts and prayers, which to me is just bullsh**. And I’m sorry to say it as a man of faith, but I was taught that faith without works is dead.”
He’s obviously right. He wasn’t denouncing prayer in general; he was criticizing the idea that prayer alone is a sufficient response to mass shootings. It’s not. It never has been. And too many conservatives only offer prayers after shooting deaths without pairing it with any meaningful, substantive plan of action to combat future violence. (New Zealand skipped the religious formalities and banned most semi-automatic weapons within weeks of the Christchurch shooting.)
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