Senator: 'Thoughts and prayers' will stop massacres

Moments before she and 19 of her fellow Republicans successfully voted down an assault weapons ban, a Florida legislator came to the aid not so much of the victims of gun violence who have said "thoughts and prayers" aren't enough, but rather the very notion of "thoughts and prayers" itself.

"When we say 'thoughts and prayers,' it's frowned upon," said state Sen. Kelli Stargel. "And I take real offense at that because thoughts and prayers are really the only thing that's gonna stop the evil from within the individual who is taking up their arms to do this kind of a massacre."

Just days after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, senior Delaney Tarr said at a news conference, "We've had enough of thoughts and prayers. ... We are coming after every single one of you and demanding that you take action, demanding that you make a change."

Stargel was taking part in a debate Saturday in the Florida legislature about gun reform and specifically a measure that would've stopped the sale of assault weapons in the Sunshine State, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The restriction on the sort of weapon that was used to take 17 lives in less than 10 minutes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas would have been attached to the bill that passed yesterday in the Florida Senate, which includes raising the minimum age to buy a rifle to 21 from 18, while also allowing teachers to carry guns into schools.

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PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Margarita Lasalle (L-R), the budget keeper, and Joellen Berman, Guidance Data Specialist, and Holli Sutton visit the memorial in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as teachers and staff are allowed to return to the school for the first time since the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Margarita Lasalle (R), the budget keeper, and Joellen Berman, Guidance Data Specialist, look on at the memorial in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as teachers and staff are allowed to return to the school for the first time since the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Margarita Lasalle (R), the budget keeper, is hugged as she visits Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as teachers and staff are allowed to return to the school for the first time since the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Elizabeth Smith (L) and Lindsey Riha both teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hug each other as teachers and staff are allowed to return to the school for the first time since the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie waves after meeting with the media in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as teachers and staff are allowed to return to the school for the first time since the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: A sign is seen on the fence around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in front of the freshman dorm where a mass shooting took place on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: A sign is seen on the fence around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in front of the freshman dorm where a mass shooting took place on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Crime scene tape is seen outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as teachers and staff are allowed to return to the school for the first time since the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Kay Blake (L) hugs school bus driver Pearlie Corker as they visit in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as teachers and staff are allowed to return to the school for the first time since the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Ms. Corker was ready to pick up students from the high school as the shooting started. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Margarita Lasalle, the budget keeper, and Joellen Berman, Guidance Data Specialist, look on at the memorial in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as teachers and staff are allowed to return to the school for the first time since the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Margarita Lasalle (L), the budget keeper, and Joellen Berman, Guidance Data Specialist, look on at the memorial in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as teachers and staff are allowed to return to the school for the first time since the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: School bus driver Pearlie Corker (L) is hugged by Dr. Rosalind Osgood, a school board member, as they visit Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as teachers and staff are allowed to return to the school for the first time since the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Ms. Corker was ready to pick up students from the high school as the shooting started. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: People arrive at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as teachers and staff are allowed to return to the school for the first time since the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: A person arrives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as teachers and staff are allowed to return to the school for the first time since the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23: People arrive at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as teachers and staff are allowed to return to the school for the first time since the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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In her remarks Saturday, Stargel said she was in favor of such reforms but added that she still feels that the most important thing is "thoughts and prayers."

"In my opinion, the one thing that will actually change this the most, is the one thing that has become fighting words, which is to say 'thoughts and prayers,'" said the A-plus-rated NRA politician. "So that's something I'm gonna continue to add to my comprehensive plan, that we can hopefully stop the evil that is happening from within our world."

Stargel failed to respond to a Daily News request for comment as to whether she believes the Parkland attack occurred as a result of not enough thoughts and prayers.

She previously sponsored legislation that would've allowed people to bring weapons into religious institutions, including private schools and daycare facilities.

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Florida teens take to gun range just miles from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
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Florida teens take to gun range just miles from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Damien Creller (L), 12, prepares to shoot during a clay target youth shooting group meeting in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., February 26, 2018. Picture taken February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
Damien Creller (L), 12, shoots during a clay target youth group shooting meeting in Sunrise, Florida, U.S. February 26, 2018. Picture taken February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
Reanna Frauens (L), 16, waits for her turn during a clay target youth group shooting meeting in Sunrise, Florida, U.S. February 26, 2018. Picture taken February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
Sarah Cuccia, 17, holds her shotgun as she waits for her turn during a clay target youth group shooting meeting in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., February 26, 2018. Picture taken February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
Reanna Frauens (L), 16, takes her turn during a clay target youth group shooting meeting in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., February 26, 2018. Picture taken February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
Viera Rybak, 12, shoots as instructor Steve Norris looks on during a clay target youth group shooting meeting in Sunrise, Florida, U.S. February 26, 2018. Picture taken February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
Instructor Joe Loitz (R) works with Corey George, 10, during a clay target youth shooting group meeting in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., February 26, 2018. Picture taken February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
Garrett Hole (C), 16, shoots as instructor Joe Loitz (L) looks on at left during a clay target youth group shooting meeting in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., February 26, 2018. Picture taken February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
Viera Rybak, 12, shoots as instructor Steve Norris looks on during a clay target youth group shooting meeting in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., February 26, 2018. Picture taken February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
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