In yet another mass shooting that slaughtered innocent Americans, a lone gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring nine others before taking his own life.
On his way to the crime scene, Gov. Bobby Jindal took to social media, calling for prayers for the victims.
Prayers for Lafayette at Grand Theater. Talking to state police colonel about shooting in Lafayette.— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 24, 2015
However, his tweet stirred up a storm of criticism with people calling for better gun reforms instead of mere prayers.
@BobbyJindal Coz praying solves everything— Antony Turner (@AntonyTurner) July 24, 2015
@BobbyJindal Your prayers mean nothing. Stop shilling for the NRA and enact common sense gun control that would prevent this violence.— Duck (@TheQuackers) July 24, 2015
@BobbyJindal prayers are meaningless you twit. We need gun control, not political platitudes to a fictitious creator. Schmuck.— David U (@durban73) July 24, 2015
The outrage was more or less expected since Jindal, a presidential hopeful for next year’s election, is a vocal supporter of gun rights.
Under his governance, Louisiana has approved various pro-gun laws, including signing a bill into law that allows people with concealed-weapons permits to bring weapons into churches and other houses of worship.
He was criticized earlier in April when he compared the rights of gun ownership to religious liberty.
"Now, I know you did not come here today expecting to hear a speech on religious liberty," The Tennessean quoted Jindal as saying. "But my friends, if these large forces can conspire to crush the First Amendment, it won't be long before they come after the Second Amendment.”
The shooting comes nearly three years after gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 children, six adults, and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012.
Since then around 72 mass shootings have occurred, killing at least 226 people.
The national debate over gun ownership eventually led to President Barack Obama’s gun control bill in March 2013. The proposal demanded background checks for arms buyers, along with other clauses to curb the sale of fire arms in hopes that it would curb gun violence in the country.
Unfortunately, the bill failed in the Congress a month later and there has been no significant development since.
Jindal is a known critic of Obama’s gun control stance. Just last month, following the Charleston church shooting in South Carolina, he slammed the president’s statement that gun violence was a problem that was unique to America, saying it was “completely shameful.”
However, after the tragedy in Lafayette, people are questioning how Jindal will go about his pro-gun rhetoric – especially now that he is in the middle of his presidential campaign.
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