Why Rick Perry Is Reality-Challenged: Prayers vs. Gun Control
As President Obama introduces tougher federal gun control laws in response to the recent Newtown shooting tragedy, many state governments have also introduced and even already passed similar measures, such as New York’s SAFE Act. While these laws will undoubtedly make things at least somewhat harder for the next insane shooter wannabe, Governor Rick Perry of Texas has unveiled his own plan: “Just leave it to the Father, the Son and …umm..what’s the third one?“(Note: Those are not his actual words, but it sums it up pretty well.)
Gov. Perry claims that if prayer were allowed in public schools, then children will be protected. Unfortunately for him, Gov. Perry’s belief in the power of prayer has absolutely no basis in reality. As mentioned in an earlier story on the Newtown tragedy, a simple Google search for “christian school shooting” is enough to demonstrate the ineffectiveness of prayer against violence. Or a search for “church shootings in america” might even be more enlightening. But for entertainment value, perhaps the best evidence against prayer is Governor Perry’s own attempts at prayers.
Since 2010, the State of Texas has been suffering a record-setting drought.. In April 2011, Gov. Perry called for a 72-hour prayer-a-thon. The result? The drought worsened and caused over 8,000 wildfires and 400 homes destroyed. The drought showed no signs of letting up any until, in a hilarious bit of irony, musician, comedian and renowned atheist Tim Minchin performed in Dallas: “After an hour signing stuff for the weird and wonderful heathens of Texas, Grizzly and I walk out of the theatre into the previously dusty Dallas street to find it is absolutely pouring with rain”. However, the drought continues to this day, with Perry’s prayers still unanswered and effectively useless while state lawmakers are planning to actually do something to combat it.
In both the ongoing Texas drought and the problem of gun violence, the old atheist adage applies: “Hands that help are better than lips that pray“. It could almost be called a miracle how far you get with that approach to solving problems.