Sandy Hook senator is fed up with the cop-out ‘thoughts and prayers’ response to mass shootings

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.”

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.

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders did not specifically address gun control but, they did call for an end to the violence.

However, Maryland Gov. and Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley did call out the National Rifle Association in a tweet.

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)



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    Tom Moe

    December 3, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Idiot! Thoughts and prayers are a means by which we reflect upon what we should do. So the senator prefers that we complain?

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    December 4, 2015 at 2:39 am

    If you actually do something,start agitating political figures to stop being castrated slaves to the terrorist killers of the NRA, then great. I know I shouldn’t try to psychoanalyze, but I’m reasonably sure that what the senator is talking about is that VASTLY too many people out there, including all of the NRA terrorist sympathizers in the entire slate of Rethuglican presidential candidates, give the bullshit “thoughts & prayers” crap as a way of not actually doing anything about the problem.

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    janis lentz

    December 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Let’s go to the source on this, let’s shutDOWN the manufacturers, the gun factories!!

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    Kathy Gray

    December 4, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Thoughts and prayers are what people do when they have no intention of really doing anything at all.

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