Chelsea Handler Tweet After Shooting Sparks Debate

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Comedian Chelsea Handler sparked controversy for a tweet she posted after a mass shooting at a church in Texas on Nov. 5 that left 26 dead.

In the tweet, Handler blamed Republicans for allowing the trend of mass shootings in America to continue, Fox News reports. The shooting, reportedly carried out by 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, is the deadliest church shooting in U.S. history.

"Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed," tweeted Handler. "What country? America. Why? Republicans."

Handler has previously criticized the Republican Party and GOP politicians for their actions or lack of action on a number of issues, including gun control laws.

Handler's tweet sparked a backlash from Twitter users who argued she was "politicizing" the victims' deaths.

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"The bodies aren't even cold yet and you are politicizing them," wrote one user. "You really have a dark heart."

"You're a hypocrite and part of the problem with your constant tweets of hate that separate the country," tweeted another.

Others stressed the importance of discussing gun control in the wake of another mass shooting.

"Urging Republicans to talk about a serious matter is important," wrote one user. "We're Americans, we look for, we talk about, we find solutions."

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Handler also responded to President Donald Trump's tweet about the shooting.

"May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene," tweeted Trump. "I am monitoring the situation from Japan."

"You have no capacity to monitor anything that doesn't involve lining your pockets," tweeted Handler in response, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Handler wasn't the only celebrity to tweet about the shooting, Entertainment Weekly reports.

"Prayers for San Antonio and all the families who are suffering the loss of loved ones," tweeted musician Lady Gaga. "I'll also pray for gun control."

"Mass carnage in Sutherland Springs," wrote director Adam McKay. "We can do better than this. The idea of zero new gun safety laws isn't just idiotic it's murderous."

"How many more have to die before we enact sane gun control laws?" tweeted writer Stephen King.

Politicians also responded to the shooting, with a number of prominent GOP politicians offering prayers for the victims, and Democrats calling for gun control legislation.

"Karen & I send prayers to victims & their families in TX," wrote Vice President Mike Pence. "We grieve w/ you & stand w/ resolve against evil. Thank you too the first responders."

"Reports out of Texas are devastating," tweeted Republican Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. "The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now."

"Thoughts & prayers are not enough, GOP," tweeted Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, NBC News reports. "We must end this violence. We must stop these tragedies. People are dying while you wait."

"Senseless gun violence has torn apart another community -- this time in a house of worship," wrote Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California. "When do we say enough is enough?"

Sources: Fox News (2, 3), Entertainment Weekly, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, NBC, Chelsea Handler/Twitter / Featured Image: US Dept. of Education/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Punktoad/Flickr, Moto "Club4AG" Miwa/Flickr

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