President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and many other political leaders sent their “thoughts and prayers” to Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday after a gunman killed 26 people and injured 20 more at the First Baptist Church.
But many on Twitter pointed out that the victims were attending church, likely already engaged in prayer, and still suffered at the hands of a gunman. Now, they say, it’s time for politicians to offer something more than thoughts and prayers:
thoughts and prayers for people who were mowed down in a church sounds especially hollow.
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) November 5, 2017
They were in church. They had the prayers shot right out of them. Maybe try something else.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) November 5, 2017
At this point, “thoughts and prayers” just means “shut up and take it”
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) November 5, 2017
They were already in a church, Paul. It’s almost like prayers do absolutely nothing and actual reform is needed. https://t.co/hGWpODfULs
— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) November 5, 2017
To all those asking for thoughts and prayers for the victims in #churchshooting , it seems that your direct line to God is not working.
— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) November 6, 2017
Terror attack that kills 6 gets travel bans same day; Deadliest mass shooting & deadliest church shooting ever get prayers & 2 soon to talk
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 5, 2017
After a mass shooting in a church, the phrase “thoughts and prayers” from the mouths of useless politicians becomes even more asinine.
— roxane gay (@rgay) November 5, 2017
Prayers can’t bring back the people who were taken from us at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX.
We need laws enacted now! pic.twitter.com/d6EkXB7xhd
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) November 5, 2017
Clearly your prayers aren’t working if a mass shooting can take place in a church. Maybe we can try a legislative solution now?#GunControl
— Sara Bonaccorsi (@SNBonaccorsi) November 6, 2017
You have a lot of damn gall to send your prayers to people shot in a church. You could actually do something. You should be ashamed.
— Sharon Hoger (@ms_holstein) November 6, 2017
Shooting happened at a church. I don’t think lack of prayers was the core issue.
— Patrick Thornton (@pwthornton) November 5, 2017
Irony is officially dead when Republicans offer prayers for people who are gunned down while in a church praying.
— Dr. Walter Frazier (@WalterFrazier) November 6, 2017
You’re telling me these people were in a CHURCH — the EPICENTER of thoughts & prayers — and they STILL weren’t safe from guns?
— Megan Amram (@meganamram) November 5, 2017