A mourner attends a vigil at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. According to reports, 19 students and two adults were killed before the gunman was fatally shot by law enforcement. | Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images Even as parents in Uvalde, Texas, waited on Tuesday evening to find out if their precious children were alive or dead, outraged social media users were already well into their attacks on those they felt were to blame for the horrific shooting and who they saw as offering little more than well-worn platitudes.
“Thoughts and prayers are not enough!” they angrily proclaimed. In fact, this statement has become a new, favorite refrain of gun control proponents, who argue that the politicians, pastors, and other Americans who provide sympathy to the victims of mass shootings are covering up their own inaction by invoking the seemingly hollow “thoughts and prayers.”
“I’m sick and tired of innocent people being gunned down in innocent places,” wrote Florida Rep. Val Demings, D, on Twitter on Wednesday. “Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough. The United States Senate needs to get off their knees and do something about our children being gunned down in school.”
“Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” declared 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “After years of nothing else, we are becoming a nation of anguished screams. We simply need legislators willing to stop the scourge of gun violence in America that is murdering our children.”
“Sandy Hook was 10 years ago. We keep asking for gun control and we keep getting thoughts and prayers,” wrote writer Tony Posnanski, before going so far as to add that “Thoughts and prayers are killing a lot of innocent people.”
“We need gun control,” he concluded.
These sentiments were echoed by countless […]
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