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Published: Thursday, April 18 2013 7:05 p.m. MDT

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EDM
Castle Valley, Utah

"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."

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

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 tragedy

how 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 emotion.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

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.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"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.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

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.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

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.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

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."

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

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.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

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.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

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.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

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
sandy, ut

pragmatistferlife
- Well said. I like that saying.

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