NRA-backed Republicans blasted for offering prayers to Sutherland Springs

“In the minutes and hours immediately following the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting that has left more than 27 dead, NRA-endorsed Republicans are being roundly criticized for offering ‘thoughts and prayers’ in lieu of legal or preventative measures for mass shootings,” as the International Business Times is reporting.

“Social media responses were swift in condemning not only the actions of the currently unknown gunman, but also that of the lawmakers they see as ‘doing nothing’ on matters such as gun control. Responses from celebrities and fellow lawmakers immediately criticized politicians such as GOP Sens. Rob Portman and Bill Cassidy — both of whom have been previously endorsed by the National Rifle Association. Both senators have an ‘A’ rating with the NRA.

“Even the House GOP’s Twitter account offering their own ‘prayers’ was met with thousands of angry responses blaming their inaction.”

The rest of the article is here.

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13 thoughts on “NRA-backed Republicans blasted for offering prayers to Sutherland Springs”

  1. So let me get this straight: The Texas Rangers report that this evil act was halted when a law-abiding citizen confronted the shooter with a legal firearm and now the solution to such evil acts is to further restrict such law-abiding citizens???

    1. I think the problem is that the day before yesterday, the shooter was also a law-abiding citizen too. For that matter, six weeks ago, the guy in Las Vegas was law abiding, citizen, too. “Good guy with a gun” is only a bottle of whiskey (or mental breakdown, or extremist ideology), away from being a “bad guy with a gun.”

    2. 26 people were killed by an AR-15 before he was shot. From later reports it seems like he was basically done with his planned murder.

      Clearly we should be arming the pastors of churches. Blessed are the heavily armed, for theirs is the Kingdom of Murica. Perhaps the horizontal part of the cross could be a rifle.

  2. “I think the problem is that the day before yesterday, the shooter was also a law-abiding citizen too. ”

    Apparently not Tony. His military service ended when he was accused of abusing his wife and child, court-martialed for doing that while serving in the Air Force and served a twelve month confinement.

    “The Texas church madman was a disgraced Air Force veteran who was court-marshaled in 2012 after assaulting his wife and child, reports said.

    Devin Patrick Kelley, who joined the military in 2010, was given a bad conduct discharge and slapped with 12 months of confinement in 2014 after his court marshaling, CBS News reported.”

    If the US had a proper background check system for people wanting to buy assault rifles this guy would not have passed it.

    Trump was giving a press statement yesterday from Japan about the Texas killings saying it was a mental health problem. So why is one of the first things Trump and the Republican Congress did this year was to remove an Obama era restriction for people on Social Security Disability due to mental disabilities, about 75K people, from being able to buy guns? Because whatever the NRA wants Republicans give them and to hell with public safety.

    Trump sure has a mentally unhinged and corrupt way of making America great again.

    1. Steve, I think my point was that there is no such thing as a “good guy” and a “bad guy.” If you want to define good and bad by whether there is a previous felony conviction, I guess that makes Steven Paddock a good guy the day before the Las Vegas shooting. I think my point was that the presence of guns makes shootings more likely whether the gun is owned by a a guy, whether they are “good” or “bad.” Unarmed people with mental health problems (or a bottle of whiskey) shoot far fewer people than those who are armed, which is why general gun control “works” to reduce overall gun violence in well-regulated countries like the UK, Canada, Japan, etc. They don’t have fewer mental health issues (or drunks) than the US, but such people are less lethal because it is so difficult to get a gun in the first place.

      Which is not to say that most gun owners are dangerous. They are not, and very few will ever shoot anybody. But, I still prefer the gun culture of UK, Canada, and Japan to that of the US where there is less fear of fellow citizens who have mental health issues. And for that matter, the police have less fear that someone they stop is armed and dangerous.

  3. Over on Mr Rebane’s page they are doing somersaults trying to paint the NRA as a pro gun safety lobby. The troglodyte Todd Juvenal somehow defends the NRA by stating that none of the recent mass murderers were NRA members! This is following George’s admission that if the Texas gunman hadn’t slipped pass his background check he wouldn’t have been allowed to purchase the guns he used in the church slaughter. Some level of gun control does work as intended. I’ll be the first to admit however, that many of the regulations such as prohibition against pistol grips, folding stocks and long gun suppressors are nothing more than feel good measures and would have little if anything effect on gun violence.

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