Only an arrogant politician disconnected from the gun violence issue would say:
Paul Ryan: If you think prayer isn't the only answer to mass shootings, you 'don't understand faith'
Paul Ryan is such a politiican. His faith statement clearly shows he does not understand gun violence and he is not interested in understanding gun violence.
The issue is not faith or understand faith. The issue is having faith and using the power of faith to take meaningful action through comprehensive reform and research into gun ownership and gun vioence in America. Paul Ryan is hiding his head in prayer using faith as a shield for his failure to act by proposing, for example, funding for research into the causes of gun violence.
Moreover, you have to have the faith to believe in creating a comprehensive plan to resolve the issues in meaningful and practical ways. Paul Ryan is using faith as an excuse, not as a motivator for practical and comprehensive reform. If Paul Ryan had any understanding of gun violence and its root causes he might say:
Prayer is not the only answer to mass shootings, understanding faith does mean that prayer can guide us through the pain of this senseless violence. Faith should be a motivator for Congress to act, regardless of partisanship, to fun research and to propose meaningful regulations to license guns in our country. It is a two step process requiring action, understanding and faith."
Paul Ryan is too steeped in partisan politics to issue such a statement.
When asked about the backlash [for responding to gun violence with only prayer] on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” show, [Paul] Ryan said the criticism was “disappointing” and said “people who do not have faith don’t understand faith,” and claiming the “secular left” is responsible for some of the “disunity” in the U.S.
“It is the right thing to do in moments like this because, you know what? Prayer works,” he said. “And I know you believe that and I believe that and when you hear the secular left doing this think, no wonder you have so much polarization and disunity in this country when people think like that.” As reported on Daily Kos