Prayers are to men as dolls are to children. They are not without use and comfort, but it is not easy to take them very seriously.
Fix that cartoon
Something about this cartoon doesn't seem right.
It's something in that last panel. The one that points out the arbitrariness and hypocrisy of the reactionaries crying "we've got to do something about guns". See how the man on the right – i.e., the hand-wringing, inconsistent public – reverses his reaction, from outcry against the killer to outcry against guns, when nothing really has changed. The dead guy and the small hand weapon are both the same; all that's changed is that the latter happens to be a handgun instead of a club...
But as a depiction of the ongoing gun debate, something about the cartoon seems oddly... off. What could it be...
Ah, I see it! Here:
In the last panel, replace the handgun with a military-style assault rifle.
And replace the dead guy with twenty dead kids.
There. With that fix, the cartoon would depict the real debate the public wants to hold, not the imaginary one the cartoonist seems to hope for.