With authorities on the hunt for multiple shooters and the body count not yet known, Democrats, journalists and progressive activists were quick to lay blame for the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, on a familiar target: guns.
I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now. -H https://t.co/SkKglwQycb
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 2, 2015
— Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley) December 2, 2015
Mass shootings are becoming an almost-everyday occurrence in this country. This sickening and senseless gun violence must stop.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 2, 2015
Your "thoughts" should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your "prayers" should be for forgiveness if you do nothing – again.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 2, 2015
Barack Obama to ABC: "We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere in the world." #SanBernadino
— Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) December 2, 2015
Other countries must have fewer mass shootings because their conservative politicians offer thoughts and prayers more vigorously.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) December 2, 2015
— Elizabeth Day (@elizabday) December 2, 2015
At least 14 dead and 14 injured. But lucky for them, the GOP is offering up loads of thoughts and prayers!
— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) December 2, 2015
Official GOP position: "Praying." "God bless." "Praying." "Thoughts and prayers." "Praying." "Thoughts and prayers." pic.twitter.com/OyW3fQvm4w
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) December 2, 2015
It doesn't matter how many angry or prayerful tweets you post, it matters how you vote. #SanBernadino
— Aisha Sultan (@AishaS) December 2, 2015
Gun control. I want f***ing gun control. No more mass shootings. #SanBernadino
— Kaitlyn Black (@kaitlyn_black29) December 2, 2015
Go fuck yourselves, Bens. pic.twitter.com/FEfj3jKrj9
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) December 2, 2015
The whole idea that bearing arms is a "civil liberty" is demented, tortured reading of the 2A aside. https://t.co/HZRmtNPNm4
— David Roberts (@drvox) December 2, 2015
Maybe right wing politicians can try something different. Pray to stop abortions & make laws to stop guns? #SanBernadino
— Andrew Tumilty (@AndrewTumilty) December 2, 2015
Only one answer to stopping this endless cycle of mass shootings. We break the NRA and its wicked influence over legislatures. #SanBernadino
— CSGV (@CSGV) December 2, 2015
Have you seen enough yet, politicians, to do SOMETHING? ANYTHING? #SanBernadino
— Dalton Ross (@DaltonRoss) December 2, 2015
— Shoq (@Shoq) December 2, 2015
We'll build a 2000 mile long wall on the border before we make guns slightly harder to buy. #SanBernadino
— Lucas Neff (@RealLucasNeff) December 2, 2015
— Bryan Greenberg (@bryangreenberg) December 2, 2015
There have been 334 days and 351 mass shootings so far this year https://t.co/qhkLVYyRZr
— Nisha Chittal (@NishaChittal) December 2, 2015
Fuck your prayers. https://t.co/y1nb2Jbxif
— timheidecker (@timheidecker) December 2, 2015
We interrupt "Dr. Phil" for Today's Mass Shooting Melee in the USA. #regularlyscheduledprogram
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 2, 2015
Huffington Post and Guardian writer MS Bellows offered his solution:
Can someone explain to me how shooting NRA board members would be any different, morally, than, say, bombing the Nazi Reichstag?
— M.S. Bellows, Jr. (@msbellows) December 2, 2015