As has become custom, Republican Senators took to twitter after yet another mass shooting to offer thoughts and prayers for the victims, without so much as a word about guns:
My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims and the Thousand Oaks community. May God heal this community from this act of violence (2/2).
— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) November 8, 2018
Jane and I mourn with all of California after the horrific attack overnight. As we lift the victims and their families up in prayer, we are eternally grateful for the swift actions of brave first responders at the scene and medical professionals treating the survivors.
— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) November 8, 2018
Here are some numbers on how much these Republicans have received from the NRA:
Joni Ernst, R-IA, Senate, $3,124,273
Rob Portman, R-OH, Senate, $3,061,941
Meanwhile, Democrats aren’t afraid of the NRA, and agree with most Americans that thoughts and prayers are not enough. Congress must act to address gun violence.
Devastating news from California. I am heartbroken for the victims, their families, and the entire community of Thousand Oaks.
It’s past time for Congress to step up, work together and address gun violence like the public health crisis that it is.
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) November 8, 2018
Today, we all woke up to tragic news: another act of senseless gun violence. Our hearts are with the victims in Thousand Oaks, their families & the brave first responders who lost one of their own.
We can't grow numb to gun violence. It can't be the status quo. We need to act.
— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) November 8, 2018
When will @senatemajldr commit to taking real action to end senseless gun violence?
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) November 8, 2018
Our kids should be able to go to a bar without the fear of being shot down. My heart breaks for parents & loved ones of those killed in LA. Americans sent a message Tues by electing officials who support background checks & other measures to end gun violence. We must take action.
— Michael Bennet (@SenBennetCO) November 8, 2018
We can't become numb to this. Yet again, innocent Americans, just going about their lives, are senselessly gunned down. We're the only advanced country where going out to dance, or showing up at school, could be a death sentence. We must demand better. https://t.co/hijo4qpnov
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) November 8, 2018
Earlier this year, 68 percent of Americans indicated they supported stricter gun laws. Expanded background checks are supported by 88% of the public. Preventing sales of guns to those reported as a danger by a mental health professional (supported by 89%), to those convicted of a violent misdemeanor (84%), and to those under the age of 21 (81%) all enjoy massive popular support. Requiring a 3 day waiting period is supported by 78%. Banning bump stocks is supported by 77%. Banning high capacity magazines is supported by 70%. Banning assault weapons is supported by 68% of the public. All of these proposed laws are supported by a majority of Americans, and in many cases a majority of Republican voters. None of these laws have been passed despite years of efforts because they are continually blocked by Republican politicians.
Enough is enough. Thoughts and prayers isn’t working.