In the wake of yet another mass shooting, this time at a San Bernardino facility that works with developmentally disabled people, Republican presidential candidates offered nothing but platitudes of prayer for victims and their families:
California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 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 the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 2, 2015
Our prayers are with the victims, their families, and the first responders in San Bernardino who willingly go into harm’s way to save others
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 2, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and brave first responders during this unspeakable tragedy.
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 2, 2015
My thoughts & prayers go out to those impacted by the shooting in San Bernardino, especially the first responders. -John
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 2, 2015
Praying for all those victimized by the shootings in San Bernardino, California today.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) December 2, 2015
Not a week has gone by during President Obama’s second term without a mass shooting, according to data complied by the Washington Post.
None of the Republican candidates have offered any kind of policy solution to address the gun violence in our country. Prayer is not enough. Offering prayers for victims and their families is a pathetic way to dodge the Republicans’ refusal to even contemplate responsible gun laws. Every single Democrat running for president wants to address gun laws in varying degrees, with Martin O’Malley out front, Hillary Clinton saying she would use a combination of executive action and legislation, and Bernie Sanders agrees that we need to do something.
The public agrees that we need to do something.
House Republicans won’t even allow a vote on a bill to keep known terrorists and those on the terrorists watch list from having legal access to assault weapons.
Meanwhile, literally in the middle of the San Bernardino shooting, there was another shooting in Texas at a woman’s health clinic. But Republicans wouldn’t dare get on the wrong side of the corporate lobbyists at the NRA.
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