Following Friday’s school shooting in Noblesville, Indiana, Vice President Mike Pence reached out to his home state with a healthy dose of completely unhelpful “thoughts and prayers.” Pence seems to have a deep passion for inaction when it comes to protecting human life, particularly in the state he formerly governed.
Americans have become used to the chorus of voices, particularly from politicians, that claim to care about the loss of lives in the United States due to negligent and ineffective gun laws, but are always happy to send their “thoughts and prayers.” Although the sentiment of the statement seems innocent and well-meaning enough, it’s easy to determine that sentiments aren’t helping and might, in fact, add insult to injury when school shootings have become a daily happening in the country.
School shootings, like the one that took place this morning in at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana, have gained frequency since Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. With the Trump administration, and many GOP politicians, accepting large monetary donations from the National Rifle Association it’s no surprise that just before they deliver their message of “thoughts and prayers” they insist that stricter gun laws, background checks, and policy change can be blamed for the death of innocent people.
Following last Friday’s school shooting, that took place in Texas at Santa Fe High School, son-in-law to the president and White House aid (without security clearance) Jared Kushner joined Vice President Mike Pence in sending his thoughts and prayers to those affected by the shooting.
Law enforcement was able to apprehend the shooting suspect, a male student, after one adult and one minor were injured. Both injured people have been taken to the hospital but no further information concerning their injuries has been released at this time.
Pence reached out to his home state via Twitter after the shooting, but instead of demanding common sense gun reform or suggesting helpful legislation that he would support, he sent his typical gift of nothing at all. You can read his message in the Tweet below:
Karen and I are praying for the victims of the terrible shooting in Indiana. To everyone in the Noblesville community – you are on our hearts and in our prayers. Thanks for the swift response by Hoosier law enforcement and first responders.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 25, 2018
On May 4 the Vice President passionately defended the United States current lax gun laws with speaking at an NRA convention. You can see some of his speech in the video below:
Below are some of the top responses to Pence’s most recent “thoughts and prayers” from Twitter users:
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