Yes, Send Your Thoughts and Prayers.

Parents wait for news after a reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Parents wait for news after a reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

I hate to politicize a tragedy and I really never do but I always think of the victims and families and I always send prayers.  Recently and today especially, I see this being mocked. I know that thoughts and prayers won’t resolve the problem we obviously have and what will, I do not know.  Nor will this complex issue be decided today.  Here’s what I do know, the students and parents affected by the Florida school shooting were asking for our prayers and are thanking us for them.  This morning, I turned on CNN and the reporter was interviewing one of the students, a football player.  The reporter asked “what do you want to happen?”  The student said “I hope everyone prays for” the victims.  Let’s stop the war on thoughts and prayers for starters.  It’s all I can do for those who are traumatized and the victims of this horrible tragedy, especially today.  If we cannot at least agree that “thoughts and prayers” are not harmful, there is no hope that we as a country will ever resolve the mass shooting problem.

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