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Rick Perry Says Prayer, Not Gun Control, Will Keep American Children Safe From Violence

6:12 pm - 01/17/2013

Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) has revealed his own plan for combating America's violence problem -- and it differs from President Barack Obama's on a key point. Specifically, the former presidential candidate said that instead of enacting tougher gun control legislation, Americans should simply pray for protections.

Obama unveiled new gun legislation Wednesday, recommending a host of Congressional measures supplemented by 23 executive actions to be carried out immediately.

The announcement, which may be the most sweeping effort to tighten laws in a generation, marked the culmination of a month-long review process led by Vice President Joe Biden.

In his own statement, Perry acknowledged the problem of violence in the U.S., but said enacting tougher gun laws was not the right way to solve it, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Perry said that there was "evil prowling" in the world that has appeared in television and movies, and then found its way into vulnerable minds.

As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.

Perry also assailed the liberal media and politicians for attempting to use the Sandy Hook shooting for a political end "that would not have saved those children," according to the Chronicle.

This is not the first time the outspoken governor has launched rhetorical assaults on "secularism." In September, Perry unloaded a blistering attack against those who believe strongly in a separation of church and state.

"Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you, and one of the untruths out there that is driven -- is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena," Perry said on a conference call with Rick Scarborough.

Perry's appreciation for prayer is also well-documented. He endorsed and helped organize a "Christian-only" prayer event in August at Houston's Reliant Stadium that drew the ire of the Freedom from Religion Foundation organization.

This idea that prayer is the ultimate protection, even against guns, has been circulated among the conservative Christian community in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting.

Bryan Fischer, an executive with the American Family Association, said God did not protect the victims of one of the deadliest school shootings in American history because children and teachers were not allowed to pray for protection in the classroom.

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vulturoso 17th-Jan-2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
I guess all of us who don't pray and don't want to own guns can just fuck ourselves, right?


nikoel 17th-Jan-2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
Or quit and go be a preacher! I'm sure Texas could use a better governor.
bmh4d0k3n 17th-Jan-2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
Rick who?
crossfire 17th-Jan-2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
He was that, uh, the other one.
spyral_path 17th-Jan-2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
Why would anyone believe a God that would send mass murderers as a punishment for not being devout enough is worth praying to anyway? Were all of the Sandyhook and Aurora victims and their families atheists who deserved to be punished for their wickedness, or were they innocents God used as an example to scare the rest of us back in line? Religious cognitive dissonance makes my head hurt.

ETA so glad this guy did not win the republican nomination, let alone the election.

Edited at 2013-01-17 09:53 pm (UTC)
lord_cellytron 17th-Jan-2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
lord_cellytron 17th-Jan-2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
So how many praying people will it take, Rick, before your God decides to step in and prevent the slaughter of innocent children? Must be a really specific number that, in the history of the world, have never all been praying for the same thing. That's the only plausible explanation, so GET PRAYIN'.

It is also of crucial importance that no one attempt to do anything except pray to God. Because if we try to limit access to guns, that really makes God mad for some reason. :/
dumpweeds 17th-Jan-2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so sick of Christians
nikoel 17th-Jan-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
skellington1 17th-Jan-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
A: I know it pisses you off, Perry, but some of us are atheists, pray to a different god, or follow a non theistic religion.

B: Any god who kills children? PROBABLY NOT WORTH FOLLOWING.

C: Even your own co-religionists have this shit better figured out than you. Ever heard the one about three people trapped on the roof in a flood? How about "Tie your camel, THEN trust in Allah"? If I was a believer, I'd think that god'd be fed up with your selfish lazy ass.
bmh4d0k3n 17th-Jan-2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
D: Are you assuming none of the shooters were Christians who prayed?

E: Are you also assuming none of the victims have been Christians who prayed?
lovedforaday 17th-Jan-2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
i thought he was irrelevant now.
nikoel 17th-Jan-2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
He's still the governor of Texas.
strwbrri_shrtck 17th-Jan-2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
redstar826 17th-Jan-2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
hmmm, I wonder how many prayers it would take to make Rick Perry go lose his voice for the next few years. And what is it with governors named "Rick" being complete wastes of space? Good citizens of Texas, we should go out for drinks to commiserate together. Love, Michigan

nitasee 17th-Jan-2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
I'm from Texas. And I feel your pain. Salut!
corinn 17th-Jan-2013 10:04 pm (UTC)

ahzuri 18th-Jan-2013 03:04 am (UTC)
tigerdreams 17th-Jan-2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, do FUCKING NOTHING. I'm sure that'll help LOTS.
nitasee 17th-Jan-2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
Rick. You hurt my head. Please shut up.
cuterabbit33 17th-Jan-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
So would his prayers prevent me from punching him in the face if I ever met him? I'd really like to test that theory.
circumambulate 18th-Jan-2013 03:47 am (UTC)
Whole lotta praying didn't make him President...
pretty_angel 17th-Jan-2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's why all those stupid less-religious European states have so much more gun violen- OH WAIT!
jslayeruk 17th-Jan-2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
A man was sitting on his balcony when he heard a radio broadcast telling of a high risk of flash flooding in his town, and the council was preparing buses to get people out of town to safety. But the man said, "I will put my faith in God and pray that he will save me".

The rains came, and the waters began to rise. Emergency fire crews came down the street in a boat, checking the houses for people who hadn't made it to the buses. They told the man to get into the boat for safety. But the man said, "I will put my faith in God and pray that he will save me".

The waters continued to rise, and soon the man was spotted on his balcony by a passing rescue helicopter. The rescue team threw down a rope ladder and told the man to come aboard so they could take him away to safety. But the man said, "I will put my faith in God and pray that he will save me".

The waters still rose, and the man drowned.

Reaching the afterlife, he met with God and asked him, "why did I die Lord? I have been a righteous man and have always put my faith in you. Why didn't you save me?"

God replied to him, "I sent you a radio broadcast, a boat and a helicopter."

MORAL: Believing in prayer shouldn't stop you from doing what you can, jackass.
bmh4d0k3n 17th-Jan-2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, my conservative fundamentalist pastor dad used this story as an example in one of his sermons. He would also quote some church leader: "Work like it all depends on you and pray like it all depends on God."

(Btw, I'm an atheist now.)
bmh4d0k3n 17th-Jan-2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
So I assume you don't wear a seatbelt, then? Why bother when you can just pray for protection?

Edited at 2013-01-17 10:23 pm (UTC)
chimbleysweep 17th-Jan-2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
No, that's wrong, you're an idiot, prayer does nothing but give you a personal boost of psychological confidence, shut the fuck up.
glass_houses 17th-Jan-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, because prayer has stopped so many things in the past.
corbyinoz 17th-Jan-2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
thecityofdis 17th-Jan-2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
this fucking shitstain.
keestone 17th-Jan-2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
Pray all you damn well want Perry, but if you think it's the same thing as governing please resign and let people who don't confuse talking to their G/god(s) with making laws and enforcing them.

Or hey, why don't you follow the example of the Apostle Paul on Malta and protect yourself from venomous snakes only by the power of prayer? Plenty of rattlers around in Texas that I'm sure would be happy to make acquaintance with your hand.
sihaya09 17th-Jan-2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
What a fucking moron.
layweed 17th-Jan-2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
It didn't work when you prayed for rain, why do you think praying against gun violence is going to be any different? dumbass.
shishmish 17th-Jan-2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
Yay, it worked. That and holy crap, remind me to turn off notifications next time!

But yeah, prayer isn't going to work for you Perry. Getting your head out of the sandbox and admitting that enough is enough and something needs to be done to protect not just the children, but the rest of the American population from witnessing anymore hideous crimes like we've seen over the years? THAT will start to help solve this issue. Letting some 'God' do the dirty work for you is just your way of saying you won't take any sort of responsibility even when you're in a position of power within the U.S government to help your people.
shadwrayvn 17th-Jan-2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
Prayer to keep us safe really? Perry you need to

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Prayer while a nice sentiment does nothing in reality! We need to actually do something like sit & talk about gun control & getting help for those with mental illnesses instead of ignoring them & the help they need.
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