The New York Daily News’s Very Provocative Front Page on the San Bernardino Shooting
The New York Daily News blasted religion and cowardly Republicans for avoiding confronting gun violence head on, and instead, hiding behind empty prayers and fictional gods.
The headline for their front page stated, “God Isn’t Fixing This,” and showcased several tweets by prominent Republicans offering “prayers” as a solution to the violence that occurred in San Bernardino on Wednesday.
Democrats also blasted Republicans for their refusal to approach gun control in a serious political debate.
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
In 30,000 tragic deaths every year — and now #SanBernardino — Congress is effectively complicit for its inaction.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) December 2, 2015
The Washington Post reports:
The Huffington Post was among those pushing against the insignificance of thoughts and prayers, calling them “useless.”
“Another Mass Shooting, Another Deluge Of Tweeted Prayers,” read its headline. The subhead: “Seems to have been an ineffective strategy so far.”
Sen. Chris Murphy (D) of Connecticut, a state still dealing with the killings of 20 children in Newtown in 2012, was particularly outspoken in his criticism of politicians who offered prayers for the victims in San Bernardino but opposed attempts to tighten gun laws after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. His colleague, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), was also quick to point the finger at congressional inaction.
The question now is whether any politician — from President Obama down — will again attempt to move some sort of gun-control legislation through Congress. And, if so, whether it meets with any more success than the last attempt in the wake of Newtown.
The effort to cast “thoughts and prayers” as trite reactions to horrendous events certainly represents a ratcheting up of the rhetoric.
Photo credit: NY Daily News.