By: Joshua Gill
Journalists and lawmakers took to Twitter in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in American history to lambaste others’ offers of thoughts and prayers.
As many offered condolences to the victims’ families, some quickly politicized the Mandalay Bay shooting, saying “enough with the thoughts and prayers” while they called for stricter gun control. Several politicians and journalists insinuated that conservatives who offered thoughts and prayers were in league with the National Rifle Association, and would therefore offer nothing substantive to the national conversation.
One Vogue writer went so far as to say that offering thoughts and prayers was the true “pure evil,” without gun control.
While those that decried GOP lawmakers in the wake of gun violence may switch positions on the subject of “thoughts and prayers” depending on who offers them, they remain consistent in using tragedy to advocate gun control legislation.