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Rick Perry: Forget Gun Control, Pray for Help Instead

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Forget all this gun control nonsense, says Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Well, the governor certainly has his supporters on that one. Gun rights advocates strongly believe President Obama is overstepping his bounds by infringing on the 2nd Amendment. They question the validity of using executive orders, and you can trust we're in for a fight.

But Perry may lose many of his supporters with what should be done instead. Simply put, Americans should pray to the Man Upstairs for help. Or the Woman -- or whomever each American prays to at the end of each day.

Perry said: "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."

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The problem with this tactic is this: Praying isn't a public policy. Praying is a personal choice and can't be conflated with legislative action.

Now, you may be dead set against gun control. That's fine. Maybe you support stronger background checks but no limitations on the types of firearm an American can own.

But even if you do pray, that can't be substituted for discussion and eventual action. Because if it's the answer here, then why isn't it just the answer for every single problem that faces the United States? Pray for better infrastructure. Pray for higher employment. Pray for lower taxes.

Again, this is not intended to sound anti-religious. It's not. It's just that Gov. Ricky Perry is a political leader. He's the governor of a very important state and his words and deeds carry great sway.

But he's not a religious leader. He's not leading a congregation and we don't need him for spiritual advice. Praying isn't an answer. This isn't a strategy to stop massacres from happening again.

The debate over new gun control laws has been loud and ugly. It's been more divisive than Obamacare and recent wars. And it's only getting worse. You touch guns, you touch a nerve in America.

But for God's sake, leave Him out of it.