Politicians expect God to end gun violence

December 3, 2015

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Los Angeles, (ENTRAVISION). – Following yesterday’s shooting in San Bernardino that took the innocent lives of 14 people and left 21 wounded, several politician leaders turned to social media to offer condolences and prayers to the families of the victims. However, this time around, online users reacted with indignation, demanding more action and fewer sentences.

“God isn’t fixing this,” reads the cover of the Daily News on Thursday, while showing tweets from Republican leader in Congress, Paul Ryan, and presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul, those who claim to have the families of the victims in their “thoughts and prayers.”

In addition to this strong media outburst, Igor Volsky, editor of Think Progress used the hashtag #thoughtsandprayers, which commonly would have a positive connotation, to expose all those politicians who are moved by such tragedies, but fighting from left to right to defend the right to bear arms.

When Ryan (who held a minute of silence in Congress for the victims) tweeted “Please keep #SanBernardino victims in your prayers,” Volsky soon retweeted it and added that Ryan had received two thousand dollars from the NRA in 2014 to “keep victims of San Bernardino in their prayers and nothing else.”

Volsky responded to more than a dozen Republicans who offered their “thoughts and prayers,” and even published concrete data on the presence of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the political landscape of the country.

Twitter users were quick to join Volsky’s claims against those politicians and to express that these politicians were chose to act and not to pray.

With nearly 300 shootings this year in the country, many of the nation’s leaders insist that stricter monitoring of weapons is not a political priority.