Thoughts And Prayers Haters Turn Out In Droves On Ash Wednesday Minutes After School Shooting

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Joshua Gill Religion Reporter
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Gun control advocates slammed offers of thoughts and prayers on Twitter mere minutes after news broke of a Florida school shooting on Ash Wednesday.

Critics took to Twitter to bash those offering thoughts and prayers moments after news broke that a gunman attacked students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and shot at least 14 victims on Wednesday afternoon, the first day of Lent.

A student identified only as Aidan who was trapped within the school during the shooting and posted pictures from the inside of his classroom. The student requested that those on the outside send their love and prayers to the victims’ families, but gun control advocates had none of it.

Those who dared to offer thoughts and prayers for him and for those suffering loss on Wednesday met with a barrage of outrage from celebrities and other notable figures on social media. Some critics even accused those who offered thoughts and prayers of not only insulting those affected by school shootings, but also of being complicit in the shootings themselves.

Several critics specifically called out President Donald Trump and members of the GOP who offered words of comfort and prayers and accused them of doing nothing to help prevent school shootings since, in their view, gun control trumps divine aid. Many of them completely dismissed prayer as having no value on the first day of one of the holiest liturgical seasons in the Christian faith.

Some critics also accused congressmen who offered thoughts and prayers of taking “blood money” from the NRA.

Whether the critics intended to do so or not, they bashed the request of one of the very victims confronted with the horror of the school shooting and insulted the faith of millions of Christians who today entered a season of contemplating Christ’s sacrifice, many of whom beseeched God to grant peace and healing to the survivors of the tragedy and the families of the victims.

The student who requested prayers via twitter thankfully survived the shooting unscathed, uplifted by all those who reached out to him with messages of prayer and encouragement.

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