Chris Murphy, a Democratic Party senator from Connecticut, took to Twitter in the wake of the San Bernardino, California, shootings that left 14 dead and 17 injured, to vent his anger at politicians who pray, absent supporting gun control.
His statement came on the heels of several noted political leaders, from House Speaker Paul Ryan to all the Republican presidential candidates to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus offering up prayers and religious-based expressions of comfort to the victims and victims’ families.
Murphy wrote: “Your ‘thoughts’ should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your ‘prayers’ should be forgiveness if you do nothing – again.”
The New York Daily News expressed a similar viewpoint on its front page of Thursday’s paper, as reported by WND. The text read: ‘God isn’t fixing this,” and “As latest batch of innocent Americans are left lying in pools of blood, cowards who could truly end gun scourge continue to hide behind meaningless platitudes.”
Murphy has been pushing for gun control for years. The typical Democratic response to shootings in this nation has been to call for crackdowns on Second Amendment rights. President Obama’s remarks after the San Bernardino shootings was to press for what he characterized as commonsense crackdowns. Democratic Party hopeful Hillary Clinton came out on national news demanding the same.
Republicans, however, have taken a more intimate and less political approach, offering words of comfort, sorrow and prayerful expressions.
Priebus, shortly after the shootings, tweeted this: “Our thoughts and prayers are with #SanBernardino.”
Interestingly enough, Murphy’s tweet, as well as the New York Daily News’s controversial cover headline, comes in direct contrast to President Obama’s Thursday morning thoughts. At a press conference from the White House, Obama said: “The first order of business is to send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those who have been killed and pray for the speedy recovery for those who were injured during this terrible attack.”