Republican presidential candidates and lawmakers tweeted out messages of "thoughts and prayers" to victims (and their families) of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, on Dec. 2 (video below).
However, the hashtag "#thoughtsandprayers" was used on Twitter to call out and mock these same politicians who oppose gun control laws, notes RawStory.com
The hashtag took off when ThinkProgress Contributing Editor Igor Volsky tweeted it with numerous facts about GOP lawmakers who received large donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA). The facts were a way of pointing out that these lawmakers were wishing thoughts and prayers instead of passing any gun laws.
The tweets trended so much that Volsky appeared on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes" where he was asked by the host why thinking and praying should be criticized (video below).
Well, it's OK to think and pray, but these folks only want to think and pray. And the NRA pays them to think and pray about gun violence, and not to do anything else about it. They spent some $30 million in the 2014 election, independent expenditures, making sure that all certain lawmakers do is think and pray and nothing else.
I'm all for thinking and for praying, and for having these very serious moments when we reflect on what happened, when we remember the victims, but I think the country is really ready for action, for actually something to be done, not just the thinking and the praying.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut tweeted a message for his fellow lawmakers: "Your 'thoughts' should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your 'prayers' should be for forgiveness if you do nothing - again."