The devastating mass shooting that just occurred in a center for developmental disabilities in San Bernardino, California follows a slew of 351 mass shootings just this year—as such shootings have become a daily occurrence, the public has become numb to the violence.
There is only one actual, active solution to the problem: increased gun safety laws and gun control. Obama has spoken about it in almost every statement he has made following a mass shooting. Democrats largely responded to today’s tragedy with emphasis on the fact that we cannot stand idly by and let this continue. We must enact gun safety regulations.
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
The Republicans had a different response—the usual clichés of “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” and “this isn't a gun issue, this is a mental health issue” were trotted out by many Republicans on Twitter. Almost all the GOP candidates sent their prayers to the victims’ families, but provided no thoughts as to how the country can prevent such shootings.
Our prayers are with the victims, their families, and the first responders in San Bernardino who willingly go into harm’s way to save others— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 2, 2015
Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 2, 2015
Thankfully, they were combated with a myriad of incisive, astute tweets that perfectly hit the nail on the head, emphasizing that these constant "prayers" are useless; we real, concrete action taken in federal and state governments to stop these daily massacres.
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
Your "thoughts and prayers" don't mean a damn thing. #GunControlNOW— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 2, 2015
Laws are like thoughts and prayers that actually help people.— John Howell Harris (@jhowellharris) December 3, 2015
If the thoughts and prayers of all those GOP Presidential candidates don't kick in soon, we might have to try changing some public policy.— Harold Cook (@HCookAustin) December 2, 2015
The movement to call out these politicians for their ineffectiveness and inaction was led by ThinkProgress writer, Igor Volsky, who painstakingly went through each Republican's record of voting against gun legislation and relationship with the NRA, letting the public know exactly where these politicians stood aside from their "thoughts and prayers."
Even writers of faith, such as New Republic's Elizabeth Bruenig, were vocal about the emptiness of tweeting prayers.
Other tweets challenged general GOP hypocrisy on gun control, using political cartoons and their 140 characters to make much needed, pointedly cutting comments.
Birth control? BAN IT! Abortion? BAN IT! Gay marriage? BAN IT! Guns? Look, banning things never works. People will find ways to get them.— Nick Martucci (@BlunderingIdiom) August 4, 2015
Just as the founding fathers envisioned: a nation where any man, no matter how white, can open fire on anyone anywhere at any time— Ryan Hitchcock (@rjameshitchcock) December 2, 2015
I mean, we literally live and die by a sentence written 225 years ago by a slaveowner. Mostly we die.— Carina MacKenzie (@cadlymack) December 2, 2015
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