Journalist calls out politicians on Twitter who only 'think and pray' about mass shootings

Presidential Candidates React to San Bernardino Shooting

In the wake of Wednesday's massacre that left 14 dead in San Bernardino, California — the 355th mass shooting in the U.S. this year — politicians once again offered their thoughts and prayers, but didn't offer any concrete plans to stop the killing. One journalist spent the evening on Twitter calling out the reason why, tweeting each member of Congress who #prayedforsanbernardino with the amount of money that person received from the National Rifle Association in the most recent election cycle.

Igor Volsky, of liberal blog ThinkProgress, told MSNBC there's nothing wrong with "thoughts and prayers," unless you're in a position to affect gun policy and all you do about it is think and pray. He believes the NRA is paying elected officials and presidential candidates to make sure they don't go any further.

And in case you assumed that NRA-backed politicians are just doing what their constituents demand, Volsky also cited recent polls showing that 86 percent of Americans support universal background checks for gun purchasers, and that 55 percent think laws regarding the sale of firearms should be made "more strict."

Thousands liked and retweeted Volsky's callouts, but none of the politicians he targeted replied to his accusations. A couple of them did delete their "thoughts and prayers" tweets or block Volsky on Twitter in response, though.

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Journalist calls out politicians on Twitter who only 'think and pray' about mass shootings
On a plane & just seeing reports of the tragedy in San Bernardino, CA. Sad, awful, & frightening news. Praying for #SanBernardino.
Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting.
My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families in San Bernardino.
California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!
This is absolutely heartbreaking-all my love to everyone in San Bernardino especially the first responders. These shootings must stop.
Praying for those impacted by the shooting in California today.
The target of this latest U.S. mass shooting is a centre for the disabled. Jesus Christ. #sanbernardino
Far too often, innocent Americans lose their lives in horrific mass shootings. We must act to stop gun violence. #Enough #SanBernardino
We will not become numb to the horror of innocent people gunned down every day in America. My thoughts are in San Bernardino. #enough
What kind of sick world do we live in? Praying for all of those in San Bernardino, CA
San Bernardino.. Our thoughts, our prayers, our well wishes, our hearts, our compassion, and our love are all with you.. Stay strong.
Colorado Springs on Friday. San Bernardino today. My heart breaks for everyone involved. We must end the scourge of gun violence in America.
My prayers are with the victims, families and survivors of this horrific attack. 1/3
I’m on my way back to the district and am in touch with our local law enforcement to closely monitor the situation as it develops. 2/3
My heart aches that the out-of-control gun violence epidemic has come to our community. 3/3
Thoughts and prayers for the San Bernardino CA victims, their families, and community. #fgs
At tree lighting ceremony, @SpeakerRyan calls for brief moment of silence & for keeping San Bernardino victims & families in prayers.
"We are all thinking about the current and ongoing tragedy in California today..Please keep the victims and their families in your prayers."
I'm praying for the victims in San Bernardino as well as the safety of law enforcement officers as they pursue these evildoers.
Prayers for those affected and the families involved. Let's hope for peace for all in the future. #SanBernardino
Prayers to San Bernardino
From elation to sorrow. Stepped off stage in Paris to the news of San Bernadino. Just shaking my head. Sick of this. Love to SB.
Picked up the phone after a few hours and am pouring over this San Bernadino news... My heart breaks for my home state.
Horrifying news out of #SanBernardino. Enough is enough: it's time to stand up to the @NRA and enact meaningful gun safety laws

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