Americans suffered the 355th mass shooting (this year alone) in San Bernardino, California, this week at the Inland Regional Center, and in the wake of that, Republicans – mostly NRA-owned politicians – offered their ‘thoughts and prayers’ once again while abandoning any common sense solutions.
The New York Daily News published an article along with a cover slamming politicians for the tweets which contained only prayers for the victims and their families. The front page headline didn’t hold back. It read, “God Isn’t Fixing This,” and featured the tweets from several of the high-profile politicians who posted that their “thoughts and prayers are with the victims.” By they way, 14 of the victims they are praying for are dead.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) tweeted and left a tone-deaf Facebook post saying the paper “is wrong to discount the power of prayer in dark times” with its cover in reaction to America’s latest mass shooting.
Patrick’s unfortunate photoshopped headline ran beneath a banner that said: “14 DEAD IN CALIFORNIA MASS SHOOTING.”
This tweet has been deleted as was the Facebook post.
The Dallas Morning News reports:
“I’m disgusted by this morning’s New York Daily News cover, which discounts the power of prayer and pushes a political agenda in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings,” Patrick wrote on Facebook. “I would like to reiterate my invitation to pray for the victims and their families during these dark times.”
After some mocked Patrick on Twitter for a potential misleading headline, Patrick deleted the post and said he was “disappointed” by people “who suggested a different meaning to our post on the tragedy yesterday in California.”
“God Hears Our Prayers means we can be reassured that God is always present to hear us as we struggle through the most difficult times in our lives and as we seek him out for peace, comfort and understanding,” Patrick wrote.
Many had found Patrick’s wording to be a little bit off.
Republicans received a backlash on social media after tweeting out their ‘thoughts and prayers.’ The time for ‘thoughts and prayers’ is gone. The time for action is now, but instead of listening to voters who wanted solutions to an ever-growing problem, they voted down legislation yesterday which would bar suspected terrorists, felons and the mentally ill from getting guns. That’s exactly what the National Rifle Association wanted them to do.
As for the Texas Republican, this isn’t his first rodeo with posting odd tweets containing a mixed signal.
The Dallas Morning News continues:
Patrick has made social media snafus in this past. The strict conservative who is known for his strong stance against same-sex marriage once accidentally tweeted “MARRIAGE = ONE MAN & ONE MAN.” That tweet was almost immediately taken down.
We agree with Patrick. If two men want to marry and start a lifelong commitment together then that’s awesome. Of course, he blamed that tweet on a staffer but maybe it was just his inner voice ‘coming out’ on social media. Love wins.
But we all lost after Republicans voted down background checks yesterday and allowed potential terrorists to obtain guns.
The San Bernardino shooters were in possession of legal firearms.
Maybe God heard their prayers but they aren’t listening to Him. Gun control is not a bad word. After all, the body count is through the roof and we’re pretty sure God isn’t an NRA member.
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