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This song was inspired by the post-Vegas responses from politicians who voted against gun control measures. Every time there is a mass shooting, they trot out the same old tired "thoughts and prayers" response, which is sooooo much easier than standing up to the NRA.

What will it take to bring about meaningful gun control legislation? Something more disastrous than Las Vegas? How about another school shooting (like Parkdale, Florida 2/14/18)? Apparent not, because nothing has changed.

The photo shows the 56 smiling senators who in June 2016 voted against closing gun purchase loopholes. For more info, please visit:

splinternews.com/every-member-of-congress-who-took-money-from-the-nra-an-1819059582

slate.com/news-and-politics/2016/06/here-are-the-senators-who-just-voted-against-closing-gun-purchase-loopholes.html

www.vox.com/2016/6/20/11976884/gun-bill-new

www.cnn.com/2016/06/20/politics/senate-gun-votes-congress/index.html

Mother Jones maintains a complete (and profoundly depressing) list of US mass shootings dating back to 1982.

www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/mass-shootings-mother-jones-full-data/

The Washington Post also maintains a thorough (and equally depressing) list of US mass shootings...

www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/mass-shootings-in-america/

Although this problem was around long before Trump took office, one of his first acts as President was to make it easier for mentally ill to buy guns:

qz.com/1207806/parkland-school-shooting-donald-trump-made-it-easier-for-the-mentally-ill-to-buy-guns/

POLITICIANS: What will it take for YOU to turn down the NRA's blood money? Enjoy your money and remember that the victims' blood is on YOUR hands.

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Once again they seem to care
Sending out their Thoughts and Prayers
Those are easy words to say
In the pocket of the NRA

Another day, another tragedy
Is this the price we pay for being free?
Is it worth the right to buy more guns?
To make a killer out of anyone?

Now they act as if they care
Tweeting out those Thoughts and Prayers
Those are easy words to say
In the pocket of the NRA

The politicians know their role:
Never speak of gun control
They read the same script every time
"Shooters bad but guns are fine"

They face the cameras and act bereaved
Hoping we might be deceived
Waiting for the next sad day
They're dirty soldiers for the NRA

Once again they seem to care
Sending out their Thoughts and Prayers
Those are easy words to say
In the pocket of the NRA

Now they act as if they care
Tweeting out those Thoughts and Prayers
Those are easy words to say
In the pocket of the NRA

If the shooter was a Muslim man,
There would be another travel ban,
If he's white it's just a goddamn shame
Terrorism by another name

Now the cowards claim to care
Tweeting out those Thoughts and Prayers
Saying “nothing can be done”
“Blame the shooter, not the gun”

If they want to show sympathy
They should turn down blood money
How many more must die this way?
Say NO to the NRA!

Thoughts and Prayers won't bring them back
They won't stop the next attack
How many more must die this way?
Say NO to the NRA!

It can happen anywhere
Then we'll see more Thoughts and Prayers
How many more must die this way?
Say NO to the NRA!

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from Peace & Love & Thoughts & Prayers, released May 20, 2019
Written, performed, and recorded by The Alternative Facts
Copyright © 2019 The Alternative Facts

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