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Today on Context Florida: Another day in America, “God isn’t fixing this” and Trump enablers

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Today on Context Florida:

Just another day in the United States of America: “Another day of gunfire, panic and fear. This time in the city of San Bernardino in California, where a civic building was apparently under attack.” That, says Martin Dyckman, was the voice, tinged with sorrow and shock, of a BBC reporter describing yet another day in America. Just another year in America, whose homicide rate of 5 per 100,000 is the third highest among the 36 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Guns account for two-thirds of it.

Tom O’Hara never owned a gun, and he’s certain there’s no personal God who hears and answers our prayers. But when he read the New York Daily News headline – “God isn’t fixing this” – he was intrigued. Most gun owners in the U.S. are white, male Republicans. The South has the highest percentage of gun owners (38 percent) in the country and rural folks tell pollsters that 51 percent of them have a gun in the home. O’Hara says he’s never heard of a white, Southern, rural, male Republican who doesn’t believe in God. And, of course, anyone running for president believes in God. An atheist wouldn’t have a prayer. So, it’s only natural that the GOP candidates would be offering prayers to the shooting victims instead of suggesting ways to reduce the recurring slaughter.

Our country has some serious issues to deal with, writes Bob Sparks. The next president must finally confront terrorism both overseas and within our borders. The latest tragic example came in San Bernardino, California. Those tuning in to television political news hear things like “Donald Trump is flying high” or “Trump’s message resonates with frustrated Republicans.” As if they are casual bystanders, commentators proclaim “Trump is dominating nearly every news cycle.” At least until Wednesday. That pretty well describes what poses for analysis on the GOP side. Every day is like the movie “Groundhog Day.”

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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