Twin Tragedies

7 minute read

August 5, 2019

This was a tragic and bloody weekend, with mass shootings at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas (at least 20 dead at this writing) and an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio (27 injured and 9 dead), as well as widespread shootings in Chicago. 

Despite all those who are denouncing the idea of prayers for the victims (do a Google search for “Thoughts and prayers are not enough” and see how many hits you get), I will continue to pray for the victims and their families and for an end to this mindless violence, and I hope you will, too.  In fact, amid all the finger-pointing and blame-laying and repulsive attempts to turn these tragedies to political advantage before the bodies are even cold, I would posit that the lack of thought and prayers is probably the single biggest factor in what is behind them.

Let’s examine all the things that politicians and the media are telling us are to blame for these sickening mass killings and see if they hold up to scrutiny.

“Beto” O’Rourke immediately tried to blame President Trump for the El Paso shooting, accusing him of being an “open, avowed racist” and “white nationalist” who is inciting racism and violence.  For example, he said Trump called Mexicans “rapists and criminals.” Except that Trump didn’t do that.  That story has been debunked repeatedly.  Trump called MS-13 gang members rapists and criminals, and that’s true.  I also don’t see how someone who has repeatedly denied being racist can be an “open, avowed racist.” 

Media outlets such as the A.P. and Newsweek also resurrected known fake news to push the “Trump is inciting racist violence” theme, like the claim that he said there were “fine people on both sides” of the Charlottesville riots, implying that he said there were fine people among the white supremacists.  He was actually talking about both sides of the debate over removing Confederate monuments, as he made clear to a reporter at the time.  I could argue that these cynical attempts to interject divisive racial motives into comments where they clearly weren’t intended are worsening race-based violence, but the people who do that never seem to notice it in themselves.

Fellow Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar also tried to jump on the “blame Trump” bandwagon in a less incendiary way.  At least she did place the responsibility where it belonged: on the shooters.  Both she and “Beto” got backlash for politicizing the tragedy. But that didn’t stop gun control advocates from immediately calling for a special Senate session to pass more gun laws before they even knew whether they’d make any difference.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/amy-klobuchar-accuses-trump-of-fueling-hate-in-wake-of-el-paso-shooting-criticized-for-politicizing-tragedy

So, were the killings motivated by President Trump’s rhetoric?  The El Paso shooter (I refuse to mention their names and glorify murderers) reportedly wrote a deranged “manifesto” in which he predicted the media would blame his actions on Trump, but he said he’d been angry over illegal immigration for years before Trump ran for office.  He wanted to segregate America by race, which is something the left is bringing back. And he thought illegal immigrants were using up resources that should be spent on universal health care and a guaranteed income, hardly issues favored by Trump supporters.

As for the Dayton shooter, he reportedly described himself on Twitter as a far-left Democrat and Elizabeth Warren supporter who praised Satan, was upset by Trump’s election, and was impatient for socialism to come.  Classmates described him as a bully who liked to threaten women.  One of his deceased victims was his own sister. 

https://heavy.com/news/2019/08/connor-betts/

And the tragedy that’s being largely overlooked by the media: over the weekend, 49 people were shot, six fatally, in various shootings in Chicago (Chicago gang shootings can't be blamed on Republicans, lack of gun laws or racism, so they tend to get little press coverage.)

So it seems pretty obvious that President Trump’s rhetoric was not a common denominator in the killings.  They happened in a red state with fewer guns laws, a blue city/state with strict gun laws and a swing state, so gun laws weren’t the common denominator. 

They happened in Republican-led Texas and in Chicago, where the last Republican mayor left office in 1931. And the shooters included a radical segregationist and a Democratic socialist, so politics wasn’t the common denominator.

They involved a shooter reportedly targeting Mexicans, a shooter who apparently targeted his sister and people at random, and young people largely committing black-on-black violence, so racism wasn’t the common denominator.  

And to those who try to blame it on the killers’ tool of choice – some particular type of gun – I’d remind them that in places that banned guns, knife attacks are on the rise. Some have been stabbing rampages, leaving many dead and injured.

So what do all these attacks have in common?  What has changed since the days when every pickup in my high school parking lot had a rifle rack in the back window, and nobody ever thought to shoot their classmates?

Leftists like to apply the term “toxic” to everything they don’t like.  But masculinity isn’t “toxic.”  What has become “toxic” is our culture. 

We wonder how children could have grown up with no respect for human life.  I wonder why anyone thinks they would respect the sanctity of life.  They’re told from an early age that it’s a basic human right to rip a baby from its mother’s womb and dismember it for “convenience.”  If anyone tries to post the words “Thou shalt not kill” in a school or other public place, there’s a lawsuit to remove it.  Mass media promotes violence without consequence as entertainment.  Just last week, Newsweek, the same magazine that’s trying to blame mass shootings on Trump’s rhetoric, ran a ridiculous defense of Antifa, excusing their violent tactics as simply an expression of their passionate beliefs.  Punching someone for wearing a MAGA cap, or setting fire to property or bashing someone in the skull with a bike chain?  Hey, man, people who disagree with me are fascists, and fascists have it coming, right? 

All of this amorality and dehumanization of others is amplified by social media, where anything you disagree with is reason to make death threats (an EIGHT-YEAR-OLD child had to leave the Internet because her family received death threats, just because she was poking fun at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…and I guarantee you those threats didn’t come from Trump supporters.)  The anonymity and distance of the Internet first encouraged people to say horrible things they would never say to another person’s face…then over time, people became so disconnected from others that they started saying and doing such things to other people’s faces because they no longer even know how to relate to other human beings.

Think that’s an overstatement?  A new YouGov survey found that 22% of Millennials said they have “zero friends.”  Another 27% said they have “no close friends.” The younger Generation Z group wasn’t surveyed, but other polls have found they also report extreme loneliness, so I doubt the results would be much better.

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/8/1/20750047/millennials-poll-loneliness

The mayor of El Paso was right when he described the attack in his city as “pure evil.” 

https://www.foxnews.com/media/el-paso-wal-mart-shooting-mayor-evil

The bottom line is this: you can pass laws, blame the tools, ban free speech, point fingers and argue politics from now until doomsday.  But you’ll never legislate the evil out of people’s hearts.  This is never going to end until we have a reawakening of morality and values, and until kids are brought up once again to believe that we are all made in the image of God, that life is sacred and superficial differences like skin color are meaningless. 

That won’t happen until we once again accept that children need to be raised by parents and guided in moral instruction, to be taught the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments, to treat each other with respect and decency, and to work and socialize together, in schools, community organizations and places of worship, not just online.  They need to learn to care for each other, respect each other and watch out for each other - in person! - so that when one starts to go astray, to feel bullied or alienated, or to start down the wrong road, someone else is there to notice it and care enough to say and do something about it. 

Until then, passing more laws and pointing more fingers is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.  That’s why I will keep ignoring the scoffers and saying prayers and urging everyone to join together and do the same. 

It’s not a meaningless gesture.  It’s the only thing that’s ever really going to help. 

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  • Southerner Thirty

    08/06/2019 03:57 PM

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over without success but thinking you will get a different result. Idiocy and murderous complicity is this kind of moronic anti human foolishness. Why won’t your imaginary god actually stop any of these shootings? This infantile foolishness is literally killing people and you and everyone like you are 100% complicit.

  • Karen K

    08/06/2019 03:50 PM

    Wow, you really are STUPID!

  • Josh

    08/06/2019 02:38 PM

    "And to those who try to blame it on the killers’ tool of choice – some particular type of gun – I’d remind them that in places that banned guns, knife attacks are on the rise. Some have been stabbing rampages, leaving many dead and injured."

    So you're saying that where guns are banned, knives are used instead? What's the death count like for a mass stabbing?

  • Eric Schwartz

    08/06/2019 02:33 PM

    What an amazing display of willful ignorance and callousness. Your cynicism & immorality is simply stunning.

  • Den Wilson

    08/06/2019 02:17 PM

    No one cares if or how much you pray, but it’s clear that prayer isn’t stopping mass shootings. Neither is the republican strategy of doing nothing. It’s for concrete, real world action.

    And if you don’t want to help, then just go order a cheese plate and get out of the way. Pray all you want. The adults in the room will work to fix things.

  • W. Shea

    08/06/2019 02:12 PM

    I'm not very religious, but it sure seems America could use another "Awakening" to sort things out. What have we become.

  • Cathy Sabol

    08/06/2019 02:07 PM

    Are you willing to stare at someone pointing an assault rifle at you and pray very, very hard that you're not killed? Your response is an insult to all those who died. Yes, pray, if you feel motivated to do so. But ACT to save lives. Do you realize non-Christian countries don't suffer from mass shootings? So what are the people there doing differently? It's not praying.

  • Ken Meklow

    08/06/2019 01:52 PM

    Mike thank you so much!! The power of thoughts and prayers is so underrated by the youth today. As a holistic father I send my kids to school everyday with protective crystals (as well as healing ones) and as many of thoughts and prayers as I can. I'm so happy to know yours are with them as well. One of the tips my priest taught me was that taking a break from thoughts and prayer to actually try and do your job to stop gun violence might help, you cracker jack toy of a politician.

  • Jeff Ferris

    08/06/2019 01:22 PM

    James 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

    Read you own book there Mike. Even the bible says prayers are the least you can do.

  • Sharon Oliver

    08/06/2019 01:10 PM

    I'm not sure about this, but didn't they do away with asylums? If so, then why? The ones doing these horrible things are insane. It has been said that alot of people knew in advance these people had mental problems but did nothing. My reply is, what can people do if no one can be locked up anymore for a mental illness. I think someone needs to look in to this and try to being back asylums and start locking up these people who pose a threat. Dont you?!!

  • Richard and Cynthia Coppersmith

    08/06/2019 01:03 PM

    Thank you Mike Huckabee for doing what you do-speaking the truth as God has given us and standing unequivocally for what is right.

  • Karen Watson

    08/06/2019 12:32 PM

    Amen to EVERY SINGLE WORD of this article!! Thank you Mike!

  • Boris Ekner

    08/06/2019 12:24 PM

    Your prayers work - until the next shooting!

    Europe is almost atheist, ie no prayers. They have video games and HBTQ people, just like any country. Yet they have no mass shootings.

    You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand why Europe has no mass shootings but USA does.
    - But you just proved one need to be a religiot republican NOT to understand it.

  • David Colonna

    08/06/2019 12:05 PM

    Thank you God for giving us sane, sound and loving people like Mike Huckabee, his family and all his supporters who truly believe in God and dislike Satan. We truly thank you Mike from the bottom of our hearts for speaking the truth here. The words you spoke here are exactly how we see it and you stated our words perfectly. May God truly bless the families of all the victims and may God truly watch over the shooters family and shed light in to their hearts to speak out against this violence. May God bless our great nation and bring true healing and logical legislation to stop the violence, yes especially in Chicago. May we all work hard to rid our country of all evil, especially the Liberal Democrats.

  • DELORES E BUCHAN

    08/06/2019 11:29 AM

    The evil in human hearts will not be swayed by politicians or "do-gooders". Each one of us only has prayer directed to our creator God, to stand on. Otherwise, the world will continue to spin on it's merry way to doomsday.

  • Daniel Brinson

    08/06/2019 10:47 AM

    Prayers are messages from individuals to either our Heavenly Father in Jesus Name, or to whomever is their god (Little "g: intended). The only prayer the Heavenly Father answers for a non Christian is the plea for forgiveness and salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. It makes no difference what anyone remarks about the need for prayer. Unless the person praying is a Christian, the prayer goes no higher than the ceiling. Praying for the dead is useless; they already made their choice. Yes, I pray for the families of the dead. "Praying for closure, comfort, consolation, grace, healing, peace, strength and all other needs. In Jesus Name. Amen"

  • Larry McClemons

    08/06/2019 10:12 AM

    "Thoughts and prayers" are NOT enough. And I am tired of Republican apologists blaming video games, mental health issues, and violent movies for mass shootings. We are NOT the only nation that has those things, but we are the only one with mass shootings on a regular basis.

    But then you & your daughter never did accept the commandment about not "bearing false witness."

  • Barbara McCroskey

    08/06/2019 09:52 AM

    My thoughts exactly. More gun laws are not going to change the hearts of children. They need prayer and guidance from the time conceived! We are not only engaged in political warfare, but spiritual warfare. Our country needs to go back to a time of being "our brother's keeper."

  • Coleen Bane

    08/06/2019 09:46 AM

    Praise the Lord for Governor Mike Huckabee who has discerned the real problem in our culture--turning away from God and His commandments. Praying with you for revival in our nation under God Who judges without partiality to skin color but according to the heart of the matter. Proverbs 4:23 "Guard your heart with all diligence because of it spring the issues of life." NKJV Jesus Christ paid for the sins of all our evil hearts and believing in His death, burial and resurrection by faith gives us a new heart that has the power to follow His command to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

  • Doinald Boese

    08/06/2019 09:38 AM

    I might add this suggestion: Has anyone thought of suggesting to “Beto” O’Rourke and other candidates like him along with reporters that continue use “hate” language to go see a psychiatrist?

  • Katherine Goodwin

    08/06/2019 09:37 AM

    If thoughts and prayers really had the ability to stop mass shootings, they would have done so long ago, as people have been thinking and praying about it for years.
    Americans own half the civilian owned guns in the world. We have by far the most mass gun shootings of any country. In addition, there are video games and mental health issues in every country, yet we are the only one with this huge number of shootings. The problem is the easy availability of guns in this country. Add to that a President who winks at white supremacy (regardless of his weak-sauce comment yesterday. We are all well familiar with his frequently saying one thing one day and the opposite the next), and who uses violent and abusive language towards immigrants and people of color. He IS inciting violence in the weak-minded among his base. So kindly tell your buddy Mr. Trump that we are all made in the image of God. It is clear he doesn't believe it. I'm not sure you do, either, Mr. Huckabee.

  • Susan M

    08/06/2019 09:04 AM

    Mr. Huckabee - you have finally lost me as a fan. Between raising a daughter who can not or does not distiniguish between a lie and the truth and now saying that thoughts and prayers are the only solution to gun violence? I hope you find your way back to the Bible. When you do, please bring your daughter with you.

  • Kay DeWitt

    08/06/2019 08:28 AM

    Yes, it IS lack of prayer that is responsible for these shootings because lack of prayer is the endproduct of the lack of an intimate relationship with Christ which is WHY, instead of our country bearing witness to the fruit...of AGAPE love..that is the endproduct OF this relationship..it bears witness to the demonic HATRED of the evil one! And, since the Democrats are so consumed with this kind of hatred toward Trump, THEY are part of what authors these mass shootings rather than a part of the love that wil stop them!

  • Carol MacMillan Godsey

    08/06/2019 08:17 AM

    AMEN!!

  • Rick Bolly

    08/06/2019 08:15 AM

    Thanks Mike for saying so well what millions of us are thinking. Many of us have been trying to point this out to no avail. We are left with nothing to do but pray and ask for forgiveness to those who have gone astray.

Twin Tragedies

7 minute read

August 5, 2019

This was a tragic and bloody weekend, with mass shootings at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas (at least 20 dead at this writing) and an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio (27 injured and 9 dead), as well as widespread shootings in Chicago. 

Despite all those who are denouncing the idea of prayers for the victims (do a Google search for “Thoughts and prayers are not enough” and see how many hits you get), I will continue to pray for the victims and their families and for an end to this mindless violence, and I hope you will, too.  In fact, amid all the finger-pointing and blame-laying and repulsive attempts to turn these tragedies to political advantage before the bodies are even cold, I would posit that the lack of thought and prayers is probably the single biggest factor in what is behind them.

Let’s examine all the things that politicians and the media are telling us are to blame for these sickening mass killings and see if they hold up to scrutiny.

“Beto” O’Rourke immediately tried to blame President Trump for the El Paso shooting, accusing him of being an “open, avowed racist” and “white nationalist” who is inciting racism and violence.  For example, he said Trump called Mexicans “rapists and criminals.” Except that Trump didn’t do that.  That story has been debunked repeatedly.  Trump called MS-13 gang members rapists and criminals, and that’s true.  I also don’t see how someone who has repeatedly denied being racist can be an “open, avowed racist.” 

Media outlets such as the A.P. and Newsweek also resurrected known fake news to push the “Trump is inciting racist violence” theme, like the claim that he said there were “fine people on both sides” of the Charlottesville riots, implying that he said there were fine people among the white supremacists.  He was actually talking about both sides of the debate over removing Confederate monuments, as he made clear to a reporter at the time.  I could argue that these cynical attempts to interject divisive racial motives into comments where they clearly weren’t intended are worsening race-based violence, but the people who do that never seem to notice it in themselves.

Fellow Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar also tried to jump on the “blame Trump” bandwagon in a less incendiary way.  At least she did place the responsibility where it belonged: on the shooters.  Both she and “Beto” got backlash for politicizing the tragedy. But that didn’t stop gun control advocates from immediately calling for a special Senate session to pass more gun laws before they even knew whether they’d make any difference.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/amy-klobuchar-accuses-trump-of-fueling-hate-in-wake-of-el-paso-shooting-criticized-for-politicizing-tragedy

So, were the killings motivated by President Trump’s rhetoric?  The El Paso shooter (I refuse to mention their names and glorify murderers) reportedly wrote a deranged “manifesto” in which he predicted the media would blame his actions on Trump, but he said he’d been angry over illegal immigration for years before Trump ran for office.  He wanted to segregate America by race, which is something the left is bringing back. And he thought illegal immigrants were using up resources that should be spent on universal health care and a guaranteed income, hardly issues favored by Trump supporters.

As for the Dayton shooter, he reportedly described himself on Twitter as a far-left Democrat and Elizabeth Warren supporter who praised Satan, was upset by Trump’s election, and was impatient for socialism to come.  Classmates described him as a bully who liked to threaten women.  One of his deceased victims was his own sister. 

https://heavy.com/news/2019/08/connor-betts/

And the tragedy that’s being largely overlooked by the media: over the weekend, 49 people were shot, six fatally, in various shootings in Chicago (Chicago gang shootings can't be blamed on Republicans, lack of gun laws or racism, so they tend to get little press coverage.)

So it seems pretty obvious that President Trump’s rhetoric was not a common denominator in the killings.  They happened in a red state with fewer guns laws, a blue city/state with strict gun laws and a swing state, so gun laws weren’t the common denominator. 

They happened in Republican-led Texas and in Chicago, where the last Republican mayor left office in 1931. And the shooters included a radical segregationist and a Democratic socialist, so politics wasn’t the common denominator.

They involved a shooter reportedly targeting Mexicans, a shooter who apparently targeted his sister and people at random, and young people largely committing black-on-black violence, so racism wasn’t the common denominator.  

And to those who try to blame it on the killers’ tool of choice – some particular type of gun – I’d remind them that in places that banned guns, knife attacks are on the rise. Some have been stabbing rampages, leaving many dead and injured.

So what do all these attacks have in common?  What has changed since the days when every pickup in my high school parking lot had a rifle rack in the back window, and nobody ever thought to shoot their classmates?

Leftists like to apply the term “toxic” to everything they don’t like.  But masculinity isn’t “toxic.”  What has become “toxic” is our culture. 

We wonder how children could have grown up with no respect for human life.  I wonder why anyone thinks they would respect the sanctity of life.  They’re told from an early age that it’s a basic human right to rip a baby from its mother’s womb and dismember it for “convenience.”  If anyone tries to post the words “Thou shalt not kill” in a school or other public place, there’s a lawsuit to remove it.  Mass media promotes violence without consequence as entertainment.  Just last week, Newsweek, the same magazine that’s trying to blame mass shootings on Trump’s rhetoric, ran a ridiculous defense of Antifa, excusing their violent tactics as simply an expression of their passionate beliefs.  Punching someone for wearing a MAGA cap, or setting fire to property or bashing someone in the skull with a bike chain?  Hey, man, people who disagree with me are fascists, and fascists have it coming, right? 

All of this amorality and dehumanization of others is amplified by social media, where anything you disagree with is reason to make death threats (an EIGHT-YEAR-OLD child had to leave the Internet because her family received death threats, just because she was poking fun at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…and I guarantee you those threats didn’t come from Trump supporters.)  The anonymity and distance of the Internet first encouraged people to say horrible things they would never say to another person’s face…then over time, people became so disconnected from others that they started saying and doing such things to other people’s faces because they no longer even know how to relate to other human beings.

Think that’s an overstatement?  A new YouGov survey found that 22% of Millennials said they have “zero friends.”  Another 27% said they have “no close friends.” The younger Generation Z group wasn’t surveyed, but other polls have found they also report extreme loneliness, so I doubt the results would be much better.

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/8/1/20750047/millennials-poll-loneliness

The mayor of El Paso was right when he described the attack in his city as “pure evil.” 

https://www.foxnews.com/media/el-paso-wal-mart-shooting-mayor-evil

The bottom line is this: you can pass laws, blame the tools, ban free speech, point fingers and argue politics from now until doomsday.  But you’ll never legislate the evil out of people’s hearts.  This is never going to end until we have a reawakening of morality and values, and until kids are brought up once again to believe that we are all made in the image of God, that life is sacred and superficial differences like skin color are meaningless. 

That won’t happen until we once again accept that children need to be raised by parents and guided in moral instruction, to be taught the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments, to treat each other with respect and decency, and to work and socialize together, in schools, community organizations and places of worship, not just online.  They need to learn to care for each other, respect each other and watch out for each other - in person! - so that when one starts to go astray, to feel bullied or alienated, or to start down the wrong road, someone else is there to notice it and care enough to say and do something about it. 

Until then, passing more laws and pointing more fingers is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.  That’s why I will keep ignoring the scoffers and saying prayers and urging everyone to join together and do the same. 

It’s not a meaningless gesture.  It’s the only thing that’s ever really going to help. 

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  • Southerner Thirty

    08/06/2019 03:57 PM

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over without success but thinking you will get a different result. Idiocy and murderous complicity is this kind of moronic anti human foolishness. Why won’t your imaginary god actually stop any of these shootings? This infantile foolishness is literally killing people and you and everyone like you are 100% complicit.

  • Karen K

    08/06/2019 03:50 PM

    Wow, you really are STUPID!

  • Josh

    08/06/2019 02:38 PM

    "And to those who try to blame it on the killers’ tool of choice – some particular type of gun – I’d remind them that in places that banned guns, knife attacks are on the rise. Some have been stabbing rampages, leaving many dead and injured."

    So you're saying that where guns are banned, knives are used instead? What's the death count like for a mass stabbing?

  • Eric Schwartz

    08/06/2019 02:33 PM

    What an amazing display of willful ignorance and callousness. Your cynicism & immorality is simply stunning.

  • Den Wilson

    08/06/2019 02:17 PM

    No one cares if or how much you pray, but it’s clear that prayer isn’t stopping mass shootings. Neither is the republican strategy of doing nothing. It’s for concrete, real world action.

    And if you don’t want to help, then just go order a cheese plate and get out of the way. Pray all you want. The adults in the room will work to fix things.

  • W. Shea

    08/06/2019 02:12 PM

    I'm not very religious, but it sure seems America could use another "Awakening" to sort things out. What have we become.

  • Cathy Sabol

    08/06/2019 02:07 PM

    Are you willing to stare at someone pointing an assault rifle at you and pray very, very hard that you're not killed? Your response is an insult to all those who died. Yes, pray, if you feel motivated to do so. But ACT to save lives. Do you realize non-Christian countries don't suffer from mass shootings? So what are the people there doing differently? It's not praying.

  • Ken Meklow

    08/06/2019 01:52 PM

    Mike thank you so much!! The power of thoughts and prayers is so underrated by the youth today. As a holistic father I send my kids to school everyday with protective crystals (as well as healing ones) and as many of thoughts and prayers as I can. I'm so happy to know yours are with them as well. One of the tips my priest taught me was that taking a break from thoughts and prayer to actually try and do your job to stop gun violence might help, you cracker jack toy of a politician.

  • Jeff Ferris

    08/06/2019 01:22 PM

    James 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

    Read you own book there Mike. Even the bible says prayers are the least you can do.

  • Sharon Oliver

    08/06/2019 01:10 PM

    I'm not sure about this, but didn't they do away with asylums? If so, then why? The ones doing these horrible things are insane. It has been said that alot of people knew in advance these people had mental problems but did nothing. My reply is, what can people do if no one can be locked up anymore for a mental illness. I think someone needs to look in to this and try to being back asylums and start locking up these people who pose a threat. Dont you?!!

  • Richard and Cynthia Coppersmith

    08/06/2019 01:03 PM

    Thank you Mike Huckabee for doing what you do-speaking the truth as God has given us and standing unequivocally for what is right.

  • Karen Watson

    08/06/2019 12:32 PM

    Amen to EVERY SINGLE WORD of this article!! Thank you Mike!

  • Boris Ekner

    08/06/2019 12:24 PM

    Your prayers work - until the next shooting!

    Europe is almost atheist, ie no prayers. They have video games and HBTQ people, just like any country. Yet they have no mass shootings.

    You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand why Europe has no mass shootings but USA does.
    - But you just proved one need to be a religiot republican NOT to understand it.

  • David Colonna

    08/06/2019 12:05 PM

    Thank you God for giving us sane, sound and loving people like Mike Huckabee, his family and all his supporters who truly believe in God and dislike Satan. We truly thank you Mike from the bottom of our hearts for speaking the truth here. The words you spoke here are exactly how we see it and you stated our words perfectly. May God truly bless the families of all the victims and may God truly watch over the shooters family and shed light in to their hearts to speak out against this violence. May God bless our great nation and bring true healing and logical legislation to stop the violence, yes especially in Chicago. May we all work hard to rid our country of all evil, especially the Liberal Democrats.

  • DELORES E BUCHAN

    08/06/2019 11:29 AM

    The evil in human hearts will not be swayed by politicians or "do-gooders". Each one of us only has prayer directed to our creator God, to stand on. Otherwise, the world will continue to spin on it's merry way to doomsday.

  • Daniel Brinson

    08/06/2019 10:47 AM

    Prayers are messages from individuals to either our Heavenly Father in Jesus Name, or to whomever is their god (Little "g: intended). The only prayer the Heavenly Father answers for a non Christian is the plea for forgiveness and salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. It makes no difference what anyone remarks about the need for prayer. Unless the person praying is a Christian, the prayer goes no higher than the ceiling. Praying for the dead is useless; they already made their choice. Yes, I pray for the families of the dead. "Praying for closure, comfort, consolation, grace, healing, peace, strength and all other needs. In Jesus Name. Amen"

  • Larry McClemons

    08/06/2019 10:12 AM

    "Thoughts and prayers" are NOT enough. And I am tired of Republican apologists blaming video games, mental health issues, and violent movies for mass shootings. We are NOT the only nation that has those things, but we are the only one with mass shootings on a regular basis.

    But then you & your daughter never did accept the commandment about not "bearing false witness."

  • Barbara McCroskey

    08/06/2019 09:52 AM

    My thoughts exactly. More gun laws are not going to change the hearts of children. They need prayer and guidance from the time conceived! We are not only engaged in political warfare, but spiritual warfare. Our country needs to go back to a time of being "our brother's keeper."

  • Coleen Bane

    08/06/2019 09:46 AM

    Praise the Lord for Governor Mike Huckabee who has discerned the real problem in our culture--turning away from God and His commandments. Praying with you for revival in our nation under God Who judges without partiality to skin color but according to the heart of the matter. Proverbs 4:23 "Guard your heart with all diligence because of it spring the issues of life." NKJV Jesus Christ paid for the sins of all our evil hearts and believing in His death, burial and resurrection by faith gives us a new heart that has the power to follow His command to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

  • Doinald Boese

    08/06/2019 09:38 AM

    I might add this suggestion: Has anyone thought of suggesting to “Beto” O’Rourke and other candidates like him along with reporters that continue use “hate” language to go see a psychiatrist?

  • Katherine Goodwin

    08/06/2019 09:37 AM

    If thoughts and prayers really had the ability to stop mass shootings, they would have done so long ago, as people have been thinking and praying about it for years.
    Americans own half the civilian owned guns in the world. We have by far the most mass gun shootings of any country. In addition, there are video games and mental health issues in every country, yet we are the only one with this huge number of shootings. The problem is the easy availability of guns in this country. Add to that a President who winks at white supremacy (regardless of his weak-sauce comment yesterday. We are all well familiar with his frequently saying one thing one day and the opposite the next), and who uses violent and abusive language towards immigrants and people of color. He IS inciting violence in the weak-minded among his base. So kindly tell your buddy Mr. Trump that we are all made in the image of God. It is clear he doesn't believe it. I'm not sure you do, either, Mr. Huckabee.

  • Susan M

    08/06/2019 09:04 AM

    Mr. Huckabee - you have finally lost me as a fan. Between raising a daughter who can not or does not distiniguish between a lie and the truth and now saying that thoughts and prayers are the only solution to gun violence? I hope you find your way back to the Bible. When you do, please bring your daughter with you.

  • Kay DeWitt

    08/06/2019 08:28 AM

    Yes, it IS lack of prayer that is responsible for these shootings because lack of prayer is the endproduct of the lack of an intimate relationship with Christ which is WHY, instead of our country bearing witness to the fruit...of AGAPE love..that is the endproduct OF this relationship..it bears witness to the demonic HATRED of the evil one! And, since the Democrats are so consumed with this kind of hatred toward Trump, THEY are part of what authors these mass shootings rather than a part of the love that wil stop them!

  • Carol MacMillan Godsey

    08/06/2019 08:17 AM

    AMEN!!

  • Rick Bolly

    08/06/2019 08:15 AM

    Thanks Mike for saying so well what millions of us are thinking. Many of us have been trying to point this out to no avail. We are left with nothing to do but pray and ask for forgiveness to those who have gone astray.

Twin Tragedies

7 minute read

August 5, 2019

This was a tragic and bloody weekend, with mass shootings at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas (at least 20 dead at this writing) and an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio (27 injured and 9 dead), as well as widespread shootings in Chicago. 

Despite all those who are denouncing the idea of prayers for the victims (do a Google search for “Thoughts and prayers are not enough” and see how many hits you get), I will continue to pray for the victims and their families and for an end to this mindless violence, and I hope you will, too.  In fact, amid all the finger-pointing and blame-laying and repulsive attempts to turn these tragedies to political advantage before the bodies are even cold, I would posit that the lack of thought and prayers is probably the single biggest factor in what is behind them.

Let’s examine all the things that politicians and the media are telling us are to blame for these sickening mass killings and see if they hold up to scrutiny.

“Beto” O’Rourke immediately tried to blame President Trump for the El Paso shooting, accusing him of being an “open, avowed racist” and “white nationalist” who is inciting racism and violence.  For example, he said Trump called Mexicans “rapists and criminals.” Except that Trump didn’t do that.  That story has been debunked repeatedly.  Trump called MS-13 gang members rapists and criminals, and that’s true.  I also don’t see how someone who has repeatedly denied being racist can be an “open, avowed racist.” 

Media outlets such as the A.P. and Newsweek also resurrected known fake news to push the “Trump is inciting racist violence” theme, like the claim that he said there were “fine people on both sides” of the Charlottesville riots, implying that he said there were fine people among the white supremacists.  He was actually talking about both sides of the debate over removing Confederate monuments, as he made clear to a reporter at the time.  I could argue that these cynical attempts to interject divisive racial motives into comments where they clearly weren’t intended are worsening race-based violence, but the people who do that never seem to notice it in themselves.

Fellow Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar also tried to jump on the “blame Trump” bandwagon in a less incendiary way.  At least she did place the responsibility where it belonged: on the shooters.  Both she and “Beto” got backlash for politicizing the tragedy. But that didn’t stop gun control advocates from immediately calling for a special Senate session to pass more gun laws before they even knew whether they’d make any difference.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/amy-klobuchar-accuses-trump-of-fueling-hate-in-wake-of-el-paso-shooting-criticized-for-politicizing-tragedy

So, were the killings motivated by President Trump’s rhetoric?  The El Paso shooter (I refuse to mention their names and glorify murderers) reportedly wrote a deranged “manifesto” in which he predicted the media would blame his actions on Trump, but he said he’d been angry over illegal immigration for years before Trump ran for office.  He wanted to segregate America by race, which is something the left is bringing back. And he thought illegal immigrants were using up resources that should be spent on universal health care and a guaranteed income, hardly issues favored by Trump supporters.

As for the Dayton shooter, he reportedly described himself on Twitter as a far-left Democrat and Elizabeth Warren supporter who praised Satan, was upset by Trump’s election, and was impatient for socialism to come.  Classmates described him as a bully who liked to threaten women.  One of his deceased victims was his own sister. 

https://heavy.com/news/2019/08/connor-betts/

And the tragedy that’s being largely overlooked by the media: over the weekend, 49 people were shot, six fatally, in various shootings in Chicago (Chicago gang shootings can't be blamed on Republicans, lack of gun laws or racism, so they tend to get little press coverage.)

So it seems pretty obvious that President Trump’s rhetoric was not a common denominator in the killings.  They happened in a red state with fewer guns laws, a blue city/state with strict gun laws and a swing state, so gun laws weren’t the common denominator. 

They happened in Republican-led Texas and in Chicago, where the last Republican mayor left office in 1931. And the shooters included a radical segregationist and a Democratic socialist, so politics wasn’t the common denominator.

They involved a shooter reportedly targeting Mexicans, a shooter who apparently targeted his sister and people at random, and young people largely committing black-on-black violence, so racism wasn’t the common denominator.  

And to those who try to blame it on the killers’ tool of choice – some particular type of gun – I’d remind them that in places that banned guns, knife attacks are on the rise. Some have been stabbing rampages, leaving many dead and injured.

So what do all these attacks have in common?  What has changed since the days when every pickup in my high school parking lot had a rifle rack in the back window, and nobody ever thought to shoot their classmates?

Leftists like to apply the term “toxic” to everything they don’t like.  But masculinity isn’t “toxic.”  What has become “toxic” is our culture. 

We wonder how children could have grown up with no respect for human life.  I wonder why anyone thinks they would respect the sanctity of life.  They’re told from an early age that it’s a basic human right to rip a baby from its mother’s womb and dismember it for “convenience.”  If anyone tries to post the words “Thou shalt not kill” in a school or other public place, there’s a lawsuit to remove it.  Mass media promotes violence without consequence as entertainment.  Just last week, Newsweek, the same magazine that’s trying to blame mass shootings on Trump’s rhetoric, ran a ridiculous defense of Antifa, excusing their violent tactics as simply an expression of their passionate beliefs.  Punching someone for wearing a MAGA cap, or setting fire to property or bashing someone in the skull with a bike chain?  Hey, man, people who disagree with me are fascists, and fascists have it coming, right? 

All of this amorality and dehumanization of others is amplified by social media, where anything you disagree with is reason to make death threats (an EIGHT-YEAR-OLD child had to leave the Internet because her family received death threats, just because she was poking fun at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…and I guarantee you those threats didn’t come from Trump supporters.)  The anonymity and distance of the Internet first encouraged people to say horrible things they would never say to another person’s face…then over time, people became so disconnected from others that they started saying and doing such things to other people’s faces because they no longer even know how to relate to other human beings.

Think that’s an overstatement?  A new YouGov survey found that 22% of Millennials said they have “zero friends.”  Another 27% said they have “no close friends.” The younger Generation Z group wasn’t surveyed, but other polls have found they also report extreme loneliness, so I doubt the results would be much better.

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/8/1/20750047/millennials-poll-loneliness

The mayor of El Paso was right when he described the attack in his city as “pure evil.” 

https://www.foxnews.com/media/el-paso-wal-mart-shooting-mayor-evil

The bottom line is this: you can pass laws, blame the tools, ban free speech, point fingers and argue politics from now until doomsday.  But you’ll never legislate the evil out of people’s hearts.  This is never going to end until we have a reawakening of morality and values, and until kids are brought up once again to believe that we are all made in the image of God, that life is sacred and superficial differences like skin color are meaningless. 

That won’t happen until we once again accept that children need to be raised by parents and guided in moral instruction, to be taught the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments, to treat each other with respect and decency, and to work and socialize together, in schools, community organizations and places of worship, not just online.  They need to learn to care for each other, respect each other and watch out for each other - in person! - so that when one starts to go astray, to feel bullied or alienated, or to start down the wrong road, someone else is there to notice it and care enough to say and do something about it. 

Until then, passing more laws and pointing more fingers is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.  That’s why I will keep ignoring the scoffers and saying prayers and urging everyone to join together and do the same. 

It’s not a meaningless gesture.  It’s the only thing that’s ever really going to help. 

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  • Southerner Thirty

    08/06/2019 03:57 PM

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over without success but thinking you will get a different result. Idiocy and murderous complicity is this kind of moronic anti human foolishness. Why won’t your imaginary god actually stop any of these shootings? This infantile foolishness is literally killing people and you and everyone like you are 100% complicit.

  • Karen K

    08/06/2019 03:50 PM

    Wow, you really are STUPID!

  • Josh

    08/06/2019 02:38 PM

    "And to those who try to blame it on the killers’ tool of choice – some particular type of gun – I’d remind them that in places that banned guns, knife attacks are on the rise. Some have been stabbing rampages, leaving many dead and injured."

    So you're saying that where guns are banned, knives are used instead? What's the death count like for a mass stabbing?

  • Eric Schwartz

    08/06/2019 02:33 PM

    What an amazing display of willful ignorance and callousness. Your cynicism & immorality is simply stunning.

  • Den Wilson

    08/06/2019 02:17 PM

    No one cares if or how much you pray, but it’s clear that prayer isn’t stopping mass shootings. Neither is the republican strategy of doing nothing. It’s for concrete, real world action.

    And if you don’t want to help, then just go order a cheese plate and get out of the way. Pray all you want. The adults in the room will work to fix things.

  • W. Shea

    08/06/2019 02:12 PM

    I'm not very religious, but it sure seems America could use another "Awakening" to sort things out. What have we become.

  • Cathy Sabol

    08/06/2019 02:07 PM

    Are you willing to stare at someone pointing an assault rifle at you and pray very, very hard that you're not killed? Your response is an insult to all those who died. Yes, pray, if you feel motivated to do so. But ACT to save lives. Do you realize non-Christian countries don't suffer from mass shootings? So what are the people there doing differently? It's not praying.

  • Ken Meklow

    08/06/2019 01:52 PM

    Mike thank you so much!! The power of thoughts and prayers is so underrated by the youth today. As a holistic father I send my kids to school everyday with protective crystals (as well as healing ones) and as many of thoughts and prayers as I can. I'm so happy to know yours are with them as well. One of the tips my priest taught me was that taking a break from thoughts and prayer to actually try and do your job to stop gun violence might help, you cracker jack toy of a politician.

  • Jeff Ferris

    08/06/2019 01:22 PM

    James 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

    Read you own book there Mike. Even the bible says prayers are the least you can do.

  • Sharon Oliver

    08/06/2019 01:10 PM

    I'm not sure about this, but didn't they do away with asylums? If so, then why? The ones doing these horrible things are insane. It has been said that alot of people knew in advance these people had mental problems but did nothing. My reply is, what can people do if no one can be locked up anymore for a mental illness. I think someone needs to look in to this and try to being back asylums and start locking up these people who pose a threat. Dont you?!!

  • Richard and Cynthia Coppersmith

    08/06/2019 01:03 PM

    Thank you Mike Huckabee for doing what you do-speaking the truth as God has given us and standing unequivocally for what is right.

  • Karen Watson

    08/06/2019 12:32 PM

    Amen to EVERY SINGLE WORD of this article!! Thank you Mike!

  • Boris Ekner

    08/06/2019 12:24 PM

    Your prayers work - until the next shooting!

    Europe is almost atheist, ie no prayers. They have video games and HBTQ people, just like any country. Yet they have no mass shootings.

    You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand why Europe has no mass shootings but USA does.
    - But you just proved one need to be a religiot republican NOT to understand it.

  • David Colonna

    08/06/2019 12:05 PM

    Thank you God for giving us sane, sound and loving people like Mike Huckabee, his family and all his supporters who truly believe in God and dislike Satan. We truly thank you Mike from the bottom of our hearts for speaking the truth here. The words you spoke here are exactly how we see it and you stated our words perfectly. May God truly bless the families of all the victims and may God truly watch over the shooters family and shed light in to their hearts to speak out against this violence. May God bless our great nation and bring true healing and logical legislation to stop the violence, yes especially in Chicago. May we all work hard to rid our country of all evil, especially the Liberal Democrats.

  • DELORES E BUCHAN

    08/06/2019 11:29 AM

    The evil in human hearts will not be swayed by politicians or "do-gooders". Each one of us only has prayer directed to our creator God, to stand on. Otherwise, the world will continue to spin on it's merry way to doomsday.

  • Daniel Brinson

    08/06/2019 10:47 AM

    Prayers are messages from individuals to either our Heavenly Father in Jesus Name, or to whomever is their god (Little "g: intended). The only prayer the Heavenly Father answers for a non Christian is the plea for forgiveness and salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. It makes no difference what anyone remarks about the need for prayer. Unless the person praying is a Christian, the prayer goes no higher than the ceiling. Praying for the dead is useless; they already made their choice. Yes, I pray for the families of the dead. "Praying for closure, comfort, consolation, grace, healing, peace, strength and all other needs. In Jesus Name. Amen"

  • Larry McClemons

    08/06/2019 10:12 AM

    "Thoughts and prayers" are NOT enough. And I am tired of Republican apologists blaming video games, mental health issues, and violent movies for mass shootings. We are NOT the only nation that has those things, but we are the only one with mass shootings on a regular basis.

    But then you & your daughter never did accept the commandment about not "bearing false witness."

  • Barbara McCroskey

    08/06/2019 09:52 AM

    My thoughts exactly. More gun laws are not going to change the hearts of children. They need prayer and guidance from the time conceived! We are not only engaged in political warfare, but spiritual warfare. Our country needs to go back to a time of being "our brother's keeper."

  • Coleen Bane

    08/06/2019 09:46 AM

    Praise the Lord for Governor Mike Huckabee who has discerned the real problem in our culture--turning away from God and His commandments. Praying with you for revival in our nation under God Who judges without partiality to skin color but according to the heart of the matter. Proverbs 4:23 "Guard your heart with all diligence because of it spring the issues of life." NKJV Jesus Christ paid for the sins of all our evil hearts and believing in His death, burial and resurrection by faith gives us a new heart that has the power to follow His command to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

  • Doinald Boese

    08/06/2019 09:38 AM

    I might add this suggestion: Has anyone thought of suggesting to “Beto” O’Rourke and other candidates like him along with reporters that continue use “hate” language to go see a psychiatrist?

  • Katherine Goodwin

    08/06/2019 09:37 AM

    If thoughts and prayers really had the ability to stop mass shootings, they would have done so long ago, as people have been thinking and praying about it for years.
    Americans own half the civilian owned guns in the world. We have by far the most mass gun shootings of any country. In addition, there are video games and mental health issues in every country, yet we are the only one with this huge number of shootings. The problem is the easy availability of guns in this country. Add to that a President who winks at white supremacy (regardless of his weak-sauce comment yesterday. We are all well familiar with his frequently saying one thing one day and the opposite the next), and who uses violent and abusive language towards immigrants and people of color. He IS inciting violence in the weak-minded among his base. So kindly tell your buddy Mr. Trump that we are all made in the image of God. It is clear he doesn't believe it. I'm not sure you do, either, Mr. Huckabee.

  • Susan M

    08/06/2019 09:04 AM

    Mr. Huckabee - you have finally lost me as a fan. Between raising a daughter who can not or does not distiniguish between a lie and the truth and now saying that thoughts and prayers are the only solution to gun violence? I hope you find your way back to the Bible. When you do, please bring your daughter with you.

  • Kay DeWitt

    08/06/2019 08:28 AM

    Yes, it IS lack of prayer that is responsible for these shootings because lack of prayer is the endproduct of the lack of an intimate relationship with Christ which is WHY, instead of our country bearing witness to the fruit...of AGAPE love..that is the endproduct OF this relationship..it bears witness to the demonic HATRED of the evil one! And, since the Democrats are so consumed with this kind of hatred toward Trump, THEY are part of what authors these mass shootings rather than a part of the love that wil stop them!

  • Carol MacMillan Godsey

    08/06/2019 08:17 AM

    AMEN!!

  • Rick Bolly

    08/06/2019 08:15 AM

    Thanks Mike for saying so well what millions of us are thinking. Many of us have been trying to point this out to no avail. We are left with nothing to do but pray and ask for forgiveness to those who have gone astray.