pragmatistferlife - Well said. I like that saying.
JoeBlow, when you say you know the difference between majority rule and
democracy, you show you do NEED the lecture, because they are the same thing.Talking about background checks? No, the article was about faith and
prayer. how is that a background check?
Brahmabull..I think it was Oscar Wilde who said, you can't reason someone
out of an idea they didn't reason themselves into. Emotions
play an important part in our lives, especially as a moderator of and
differentiator for information, but when emotion and emotional information
become the source of our actions we're pretty much guaranteed to be wrong.
Background checks are a stepping stone to greater, and greater restrictions on
Second Amendment rights.That has little to do with the article, and
I agree with the poster who said we should be exercising prayer and faith all
the time, not just in time of tragedy. We should also be using better judgment
in the people we elect to office. There are a lot of things we should do to
better protect the rights we have because of the U.S. Constitution. And of
course we should be better living up to our religious convictions. We all need
to do more, be better examples.
Faith and prayer, in my opinion, are merely a way for a person to emotionally
deal with something tragic. It is all in their minds. They will have to live
with the emotional scars and physical injuries forever. Why couldn't this
have been prevented if prayer works? Why would god allow for innocent people to
be hurt by those evil people? Why do those who claim to believe in god continue
to attack innocent people. It is up to us to change the way we treat each other
- it isn't up to god.
Most acts of terrorism in the world are _caused_ by people who have abandoned
reason in favor of dogma.Delusion leads some faith-driven people to
murder, and delusion leads other faith-driven people to utter comforting, but
meaningless, platitudes about "God's will."
Spare me the lecture tator.I understand democracy vs majority rule.
And completely agree that civil rights and even the constitution are not subject
to it.Now that we have that out of the way......We are
talking about a background check here. One that is already in place. One
that has a huge and easy workaround.It is something that has been
supported by the NRA in the past. Heck, they ran ads supporting them. Was the
NRA anti-Constitution?It was championed by Ronald Reagan. Was he
Anti-Constitution?Gun advocates say that we should keep the guns out
of the hands of the mentally impaired. How can one do that without a background
check?So, get off your high horse and look at the issue at hand.If background checks were unconstitutional, we would not have the ones
that are currently in force.Just more of the ANY gun, ANY place, by
ANY one mentality.
JoeBlow... You should understand by now the difference between what a
Republic is, and what a Democracy is. In a Republic, which is what the
government of the USA is, different individuals and minorities also have rights
and are heard. In a strict Democracy, the majority would vote and rule
concerning everything. FYI, when Blacks were granted civil rights, polls
showed the majority of citizens still opposed at that time. Nevertheless, we all
know now what the right decision was. The same thing can (or will) be said about
this gun rights issue. The 2nd Amendment has prevailed this long for a
reason. It's better than the alternative of not having those rights. Even a
Democrat controlled Congress understood that when the votes were counted. Even in our courtrooms, judges are sometimes forced to make unpopular
decisions... when it's the right thing to do. Upholding the Constitution in
the Senate vote yesterday was the right thing to do... even if not the most
popular with the masses.
"We can look at the votes in the senate concerning control of law-abiding
citizens (in the name of gun control) this week and see that reason and
deliberation prevailed over emotion."Or, we could see that money
and lobbying and the NRA ratings prevailed over the will of the vast majority of
the American people.
These interfaith memorial services are a testimonial to the human need to turn
to each other for comfort in the aftermath of a horrific event that tears the
heart of a community and the nation. Our petty differences are put aside for too
brief a time as we remember and reflect.Blessed are they that mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
How sad that it takes tragedy to turn us where we should be all along.How sad we soon abandon faith and prayer after the balm of faith and prayer
removes much of the sting of the tragedyhow sad that there are those
who cannot or will not differentiate between faith amd emotion, though I will
allow that it is easy for many to confuse the two.We can look at the
votes in the senate concerning control of law-abiding citizens (in the name of
gun control) this week and see that reason and deliberation prevailed over
"Tragedies turn the world to faith and prayer." How true. But how sad it
is that tragedy doesn't turn us to reason and sense. Emotion defeated
reason all around this week, namely in the proposed gun control legislation. We
can't have it both ways. We can't let our emotions comfort us at the
same time we let them run over us. I'm waiting for the headline "Reason
prevented a tragedy."