EDITORIAL: ‘Thoughts And Prayers’ Just A Cop Out. Stand Up To The NRA

Prayers aren’t working.

White House hopefuls on the Democratic side of the aisle called for stricter gun laws in the wake of the shooting in San Bernardino that left at least 14 dead.

But after yet another mass shooting in America, GOP presidential contenders were conspicuously silent on the issue of gun control.

Instead, the Republicans were preaching about prayer.

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“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,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted.

Front page of the New York Daily News for December 3, 2015 about mass shooting in San Bernardino, California - GOD ISN'T FIXING THIS

Front page of the New York Daily News for December 3, 2015 about mass shooting in San Bernardino, California - GOD ISN'T FIXING THIS

(New York Daily News)

It was remarkably similar to the response from Cruz following the shooting at a Planned Parenthood office in Colorado Springs last week.

“Praying for the loved ones of those killed, those injured & first responders who bravely got the situation under control in Colorado Springs,” Cruz tweeted at the time.

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Democrats — even those not running for office — slammed the GOP presidential candidates for offering prayers instead of action.

“Your ‘thoughts’ should be about steps to take to stop this carnage,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn) posted on Twitter. “Your ‘prayers’ should be for forgiveness if you do nothing — again.”

Some critics accused Murphy of religious insensitivity, but he didn’t waver in a statement later Wednesday.

“My heart aches for the people of San Bernardino,” he said. “I cannot express the profound sadness I feel each time a new community grieves and endures the same pain that brought Newtown to its knees three years ago this month.”

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Murphy’s tweet was retweeted 7,600 times in less than six hours.

The GOP presidential wannabes all followed the tired script.

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“Praying for all those victimized by the shootings in San Bernardino, California today,” tweeted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Jeb Bush’s message was nearly identical.

“Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting,” he tweeted.

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“My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families in San Bernardino,” wrote Ben Carson.

Donald Trump, not surprisingly, offered a response with a bit more attitude — but it still said nothing about guns.

Ben Carson: “My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families in San Bernardino."

Ben Carson: “My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families in San Bernardino."

(David Becker/REUTERS)
Donald Trump also offered prayers, although his tone had a bit more attitude.

Donald Trump also offered prayers, although his tone had a bit more attitude.

(Eric Schultz/AP)

“California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!” Trump tweeted.

His camp later gave police props for killing two suspects, a man and a woman.

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The Democratic hopefuls struck a strikingly different tone.

“I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now,” Hillary Clinton tweeted.

Sen. Ted Cruz  offered prayers rather than action in response to Wednesday's massacre.

Sen. Ted Cruz  offered prayers rather than action in response to Wednesday's massacre.

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

“Mass shootings are becoming an almost everyday occurrence in this country,” Bernie Sanders tweeted. “This sickening and senseless gun violence must stop.”

Martin O’Malley called out the National Rifle Association by name.

“Horrifying news out of #SanBernardino. Enough is enough: it’s time to stand up to the @NRA and enact meaningful gun safety laws.”

Presidential candidates react on Twitter to San Bernardino massacre

Republicans

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 all those victimized by the shootings in San Bernardino, California today.

— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) December 2, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families in San Bernardino.

— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) 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

California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2015

Praying for those impacted by the shooting in California today.

— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 2, 2015

My thoughts & prayers go out to those impacted by the shooting in San Bernardino, especially the first responders. -John

— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 2, 2015

Thoughts & prayers are with #SanBernardino

— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) December 2, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and brave first responders during this unspeakable tragedy.

— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 2, 2015

Marco Rubio [Nothing on the shooting.]

Carly Fiorina [Nothing on shooting]

Rick Santorum [Nothing on shooting]

Democrats

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

Mass shootings are becoming an almost-everyday occurrence in this country. This sickening and senseless gun violence must stop.

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 2, 2015

Horrifying news out of #SanBernardino. Enough is enough: it's time to stand up to the @NRA and enact meaningful gun safety laws

Source : http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/gop-candidates-call-prayers-calf-massacre-article-1.2453261

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