Democrats are calling for action on gun control in the wake of the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed Wednesday when police say gunman Nikolas Cruz attacked the school. Cruz was a former student who was expelled from the school.
Families are still in mourning as Democrats have taken to social media to urge political action and demonize Republicans and the National Rifle Association.
What GOP & #NRA are counting on is that you & I & millions will think we can never get anything done on gun violence because NRA keeps blocking us & we will get tired & give up. Think again. Every mass shooting builds resolve to never rest till we pass sensible gun returns.
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) February 15, 2018
Republicans should pray for forgiveness, for not only their complacency and dereliction of duty, but in contrition for the men, women and children we continue to lay to rest because of senseless gun violence and the cowardly inaction from Congress.
— Bonnie WatsonColeman (@RepBonnie) February 14, 2018
Another day, another shooting, indeed, multiple shootings today, while Congress sits in the grip of the NRA, incapable of making the slightest gesture toward reasonable gun safety.
— Lloyd Doggett (@RepLloydDoggett) February 14, 2018
Today marks the 18th school shooting in America this year.
And it’s only February…
— Rep. Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) February 15, 2018
Anything you have to say about the 2nd amendment and gun ownership, you should be able to say to the faces of the children being marched out of their school, guarded by police.
Let that feeling be your guide when we talk about gun violence.
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) February 14, 2018
Going further than criticizing Republicans, some Democrats are declaring that Americans cannot offer sincere condolences to the victims if they oppose Democratic gun control policies.
Heartbroken over another school shooting. Schools must be a safe space for all students & teachers, not the scenes of tragedy. Monitoring the situation. When will my @GOP colleagues finally agree #EnoughIsEnough & act on #gunsafety? Thoughts & prayers are meaningless w/o action.
— Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) February 14, 2018
Would you accept "thoughts and prayers" as the ONLY response by public servants if they had food and your family was starving?
Would you accept empty talk about mental health – from people who had no intention to act – if someone set your house on fire?
Of course you wouldn't.
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) February 15, 2018
You can’t sincerely offer condolences to the victims if you don’t support common sense measures to reduce gun violence. Enough with the thoughts and prayers. Let’s get to work. https://t.co/OMo2tbAXev
— Rep. Frank Pallone (@FrankPallone) February 15, 2018
Disqualifying the thoughts and prayers of Americans who don’t support gun control is sickening, and yet Democrats are doing exactly that. Worse, they are accusing gun control opponents of being complicit in mass murder.
Don't tell me tomorrow isn't the appropriate time to debate gun violence. If you're a political leader doing nothing about this slaughter, you're an accomplice.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 15, 2018
Complicity is watching another mass shooting like this unfold and refusing to acknowledge that, as lawmakers, we have the power to stop them. Congress’s inaction is a dereliction of duty and disservice to the victims and their families.
— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) February 15, 2018
Worse still, Democrats are spreading misinformation to make their point.
There've been 18 school shootings & 30 mass shootings so far this year & it's only Feb15! #EnoughIsEnough
You can't just hold a moment of silence after each shooting – then do nothing to stop the next one.
— Donald Norcross (@DonaldNorcross) February 15, 2018
This is a misleading statistic. Some of these “school shootings” involve suicide attempts, accidental gun firings, and multiple instances where shots were fired but thankfully no one was injured. There have been three deaths prior to Wednesday and several injuries, but none as devastating as Parkland.
The president is under attack as well.
Americans are living in fear that their community could be the next #Parkland. If Trump cannot muster the courage to call for measures that are supported by overwhelming majorities, he should know that Americans will hold him & everyone that holds hands with the NRA accountable.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) February 15, 2018
Your thoughts and prayers are hollow. Your words are meaningless. Children are dead. Families are broken. Communities are being plagued by violence that you enable, Mr. President. https://t.co/FmX6ENX2B4
— Bonnie WatsonColeman (@RepBonnie) February 15, 2018
As Trump calls to divest in vital public safety measures, demand continues to increase for these funds. Republicans and the President must remember that their top priority is to protect the people of our nation. https://t.co/lAgKu5eLEk via @HuffPostPol
— Dina Titus (@repdinatitus) February 15, 2018
And Democrats are twisting the president’s words.
— Jim McGovern (@RepMcGovern) February 15, 2018
This is a repulsive libel of what Trump said.
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
The president isn’t blaming anyone for this tragedy. He is advocating for a “see something, say something” approach to curb violence. The fact is, as the president stated, there were several indicators that the shooter was both mentally disturbed and obsessed with weapons. Asking people to speak up about the suspicious activity of a possible assailant in the future is not blaming students for the shooting, it’s attempting to prevent another tragedy.
Watching lawmakers squabble over a tragedy, accuse their colleagues of being complicit in mass murder and push policies that will not help again and again is, frankly, nauseating. This behavior is not helping. It’s not constructive. It won’t save a single life.
Editor’s note: The first paragraph of this piece has been updated for clarity.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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