Within the minutes and hours instantly following the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church taking pictures that has left greater than 27 lifeless, NRA-endorsed Republicans are being roundly criticized for providing “ideas and prayers” in lieu of authorized or preventative measures for mass shootings.
Social media responses had been swift in condemning not solely the actions of the presently unknown gunman, but in addition that of the lawmakers they see as “doing nothing” on issues equivalent to gun management. Responses from celebrities and fellow lawmakers instantly criticized politicians equivalent to GOP Sens. Rob Portman and Invoice Cassidy — each of whom have been beforehand endorsed by the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation. Each senators have an “A” ranking with the NRA.
Even the Home GOP’s Twitter account providing their very own “prayers” was met with 1000’s of offended responses blaming their inaction.
Twitter responses to Home GOP. Photograph: Screenshot: Twitter
The reply is clear: Nothing. Identical as what they at all times do.
— David Gorski (@gorskon) November 5, 2017
Amongst these sending “ideas and prayers” are a number of the most outstanding state and nationwide Republican leaders who’ve beforehand been endorsed outright by the NRA prior to now. They’ve the strongest opposition to background checks or gun management points equivalent to regulating “bump shares,” which had been used by final month’s Las Vegas shooter. Home Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., U.S. Power Secretary Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had been amongst these taking the warmth through Twitter and thru a number of Democratic lawmakers.
Thanks, @NRA, for serving to us give attention to the actual points right here, actually minutes after extra People are massacred. https://t.co/umCqUFouKA
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) November 5, 2017
Instantly, responses demanded “motion” relatively than “prayers.” McConnell presently holds an “A+ ranking” from the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation for his position in voting in opposition to banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets and for loosening background checks at gun exhibits.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s assertion providing “ideas and prayers was additionally roundly criticized on Twitter for what many see as “doing nothing” in response to the nation’s newest mass taking pictures. In response to Open Secrets and techniques, Sen. Ted Cruz is presently the highest recipient of marketing campaign cash from gun rights teams within the U.S. Congress.
“Whereas the main points of this horrific act are nonetheless beneath investigation, Cecilia and I need to ship our sincerest ideas and prayers to all those that have been affected by this evil act,” mentioned Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in an announcement.
Information out of Texas is terrible. Cathy and I praying for victims and households there, as are thousands and thousands of our fellow Virginians.
— Ed Gillespie (@EdWGillespie) November 5, 2017
The gunman, who police say is now lifeless, opened hearth on the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church round 11:30 Sunday morning. Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. estimates that not less than 27 individuals had been killed, which is roughly half of the congregation of the 11 a.m. service. Witnesses say one of many victims is a 2-year-old baby.
Holding all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our courageous first responders on the scene.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 5, 2017
Prayers are wanted however not sufficient for #SutherlandSprings. pic.twitter.com/B8NKzx8QMr
— Rev.Dr. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) November 5, 2017
Elaine & I be a part of w fellow Senators in sending condolences to the Sutherland Springs group, our prayers are w the victims & their households
— Chief McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) November 5, 2017
Holding Sutherland Springs in my prayers. I am grateful for the primary responders who responded shortly to this tradegy.
— Tom MacArthur (@RepTomMacArthur) November 5, 2017
Anita and I ship our prayers to the victims of the taking pictures in Texas.
— Rick Perry (@SecretaryPerry) November 5, 2017
Prayers for #SanAntonio and all of the households who’re struggling the lack of family members. I’ll pray additionally for #GunControl
— Woman Gaga (@ladygaga) November 5, 2017
At the least 27 individuals are feared lifeless after authorities in Texas say a gunman opened hearth at a church outdoors San Antonio on Sunday.
The mass taking pictures was reported at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio. The gunman has been fatally shot by police, a number of information retailers reported. Wilson County Commissioner Larry Wiley informed information retailers that an emergency responder mentioned between 20 and 24 individuals are lifeless, and round 20 had been wounded when a person walked into the church about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday and opened hearth on the crowd of individuals.