Journalists and lawmakers took to Twitter in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in American history to lambaste others’ offers of thoughts and prayers.
As many offered condolences to the victims’ families, some quickly politicized the Mandalay Bay shooting, saying “enough with the thoughts and prayers” while they called for stricter gun control. Several politicians and journalists insinuated that conservatives who offered thoughts and prayers were in league with the National Rifle Association, and would therefore offer nothing substantive to the national conversation. (RELATED: Deadliest Mass Shooter In US History Identified)
One Vogue writer went so far as to say that offering thoughts and prayers was the true “pure evil,” without gun control.
While we mourn for the victims and families impacted by the tragedy in Las Vegas, Congress must send more than thoughts and prayers.
— D. Wasserman Schultz (@RepDWStweets) October 2, 2017
1. Enough with thoughts and prayers. Here are some charts and maps that make clear why this keeps happening in America. https://t.co/cNUHYN9YFM
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) October 2, 2017
— Da7e Gonzales (@Da7e) October 2, 2017
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) October 2, 2017
These GOP congressmen have all received grades of A or A+ from the NRA.
1. Reject all gun lobby money.
2. Pass meaningful gun legislation.
Save your #thoughtsandprayers.
— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) October 2, 2017
Hey Congress, Keep you thoughts and prayers and pass some #guncontrol
— Mann-Weil (@mannweil) October 2, 2017
— Splinter (@splinter_news) October 2, 2017
Your thoughts and prayers won’t prevent another mass murder, but #guncontrol can.
— Jordan Gavaris (@JordanGavaris) October 2, 2017
— Carolyn McClanahan (@CarolynMcC) October 2, 2017
— Senator Ben Cardin (@SenatorCardin) October 2, 2017
While those that decried GOP lawmakers in the wake of gun violence may switch positions on the subject of “thoughts and prayers” depending on who offers them, they remain consistent in using tragedy to advocate gun control legislation.
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