If the definition of madness, as the outdated noticed reminds us, is accomplishing the identical factor around and about and expecting a various end result, then the Second Amendment absolutists in the Republican Celebration are overdue for a psychiatric evaluation. No matter if it is Gov. Greg Abbott or Lawyer General Ken Paxton, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz or Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the Pavlovian response to a person mass shooting after a different has been, for the longest time, a torrent of “thoughts and prayers” in lieu of any meaningful action to stop a countrywide sickness that appears to be to be receiving worse. The drained cliche is a politically convenient substitute for carrying out practically nothing, a dodge the revered theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer would have regarded as a kind of “cheap grace.”
Patrick appears to be sticking with the knee-jerk feelings-and-prayers mantra, but other absolutists who’ve vowed fealty to the Countrywide Rifle Association, perhaps embarrassed by the deadening emptiness of that organization’s reaction, have regrouped all around “mental health” as the go-to reaction to the determined issue, “What can this nation, a nation saturated with guns, do about mass shootings?” Though the lieutenant governor looks to be urging his fellow Texans to pray with out ceasing, Abbott has absent mental. His remarks for the duration of his second Uvalde press meeting had been regular.