Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy tweeted a message directed at those who plan on offering their “thoughts and payers” to the victims of Wednesday’s San Bernardino shootings, rather than offer real solutions.
Murphy served as Representative of Connecticut’s 5th District when Adam Lanza opened fire on Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, killing 20 children and six staffers.
“My heart aches for the people of San Bernardino,” Murphy said in a statement. “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.”
Your "thoughts" should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your "prayers" should be for forgiveness if you do nothing – again.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 2, 2015
While Murphy’s tweet is not directed at any of the Republican presidential candidates, the hopefuls have received their fair share of criticism for never extending more than their “thoughts” and “prayers” in the face of a mass shooting.
Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting. — Jeb Bush (@JebBush) 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 those impacted by the shooting in California today. — Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 2, 2015
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders did not specifically address gun control but, they did call for an end to the violence.
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 (@BernieSanders) December 2, 2015
However, Maryland Gov. and Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley did call out the National Rifle Association in a tweet.
— Martin O’Malley (@MartinOMalley) December 2, 2015
Murphy did offer a prayer, but with more substance.
“As we await the facts from the chaos on the ground, I can only pray that America’s leaders will do something — anything — that prevents more communities from knowing this sorrow,” Murphy said. “Congress’ number one responsibility is to keep our constituents safe, and not a single senator or member of Congress can go back to their state this weekend and claim that they are doing their job.”
Featured image: Senator Chris Murphy (Twitter)