Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has appealed law enforcement to take an action instead of just thoughts and prayers after a troubled former student opened fire with a military-style rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
He wrote on his Instagram profile: “No more ‘thoughts and prayers,’ please. You can take those and put them towards something that only God, fate, random chance, the universe, whatever you believe/do not believe in can affect — they might do some good there.
“Most of the American people, including a lot of gun owners, want this. Why isn’t this happening? How many more kids have to die until WE THE PEOPLE get fed up enough to force the government to do something?
“The time for ‘thoughts and prayers’ is long past — it’s a slap in the face of people who continue to die as a result of crazy people armed with LEGALLY obtained high-powered semiautomatic weapons, weapons that are designed for JUST ONE THING — killing human beings.
“I grew up in the country with guns in the house — these were shotguns, used for hunting. You don’t use an AR-15 for hunting deer, you use it for hunting MEN or (apparently) CHILDREN.
“The lunatic shooter in Florida is 19 years old and can’t buy a six-pack of beer by law because our society doesn’t believe he is mature enough to handle it, but he LEGALLY obtained a deadly weapon of war designed to inflict as many casualties as possible from a single person wielding it, and he used it to wage war on CHILDREN. What does this tell you about American society?
“Some people don’t like the term ‘assault rifle.’ Okay, cool — why don’t we call them ‘Kid Killers’ then? Is that a little better? Can we get a little KID KILLER control happening? Is it still ‘too early’ to start talking about getting these KID KILLERS off the streets? Are the students who survived the massacre in Florida and who are publicly begging us, the adults in charge of things, for gun law reform ‘politicizing’ the whole thing? Is it ‘too early’ for THEM to bring it up? Should we just tell them to shut up because they are children and don’t understand adult matters, stuff like why crazy people can easily buy assault rifles and then SHOOT THEM DEAD in the classroom?
“NO MORE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS — THEY AIN’T WORKING.”