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Kentucky Governor Plans for Dealing with a Rising Murder Rate? Pray it Away

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Prayer works, right? Kentucky Republican Governor Matt Bevin certainly thinks so.

CBS reported that at a community meeting, Bevin encouraged people to form “prayer groups” and walk through high-crime areas. “Go around the block, pause on each corner, pray for the people there, move to the next corner,” he said.

Don’t worry, he provided details.

Bevin urged volunteers to make teams ranging from three to ten people to walk the same block, at the same time of day, two or three times a week, and hoped people would make a yearlong commitment.

Police investigated 118 homicides last year, but the current year’s murder rate is on track surpass that number.

Shockingly, not everyone was on board with Bevin’s wandering prayer group idea. Micheshia Norment, for example, the mother of a 7-year-old killed by a stray bullet last year, believes that people may be fearful to walk through dangerous neighborhood, and suggests that perhaps making it harder to get guns would lower the crime rate.

Bevin disagrees, saying that “if you honestly believe it’s a gun problem, then you’re missing the point” and sees the homicide rate as “a cultural, spiritual and economic problem.”

Just as a reminder, Governor Matt Bevin defended Kim Davis, that Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, so obviously he’s for real with this power of prayer thing.

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