Is it wrong to belittle 'thoughts and prayers'? | The Tylt
As information about the Santa Fe High School shooting continues to come out, a number of politicians have offered "thoughts and prayers." But gun control activists say politicians need to take action, not just pray for the victims. "Thoughts and prayers" are meaningless if they aren't followed up with any real, tangible policy change. But others believe belittling "thoughts and prayers" is insensitive and wrong. Let people grieve. What do you think? 🙏
Is it wrong to belittle 'thoughts and prayers'?
According to CNN, 10 people have been killed and several others injured in a school shooting that occurred in Santa Fe, Texas.
Gunfire erupted at Santa Fe High School, about 20 miles outside Galveston, not long after classes began around 7:30 a.m. CT, officials said. Authorities later found explosive devices -- including pipe bombs and pressure cookers -- in and near the school, the law enforcement official said.
This is the 22nd US school shooting since the beginning of the year, and the third instance in eight days in which a gunman was on a school campus.
As expected, Republican lawmakers offered their prayers.
Jean and I are praying for the students, faculty and community in Santa Fe, Texas, today. Our hearts go out to all impacted by this horrible tragedy.— Senator Mike Rounds (@SenatorRounds) May 18, 2018
One Houston lawmaker is tired of hearing politicians offer thoughts and prayers.
Y'all been sending thoughts and prayers for two freaking decades now. Time to try something new.— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) May 18, 2018
Parkland survivor and activist Emma Gonzalez said the students of Santa Fe High School deserve more than condolences.
Santa Fe High, you didn’t deserve this. You deserve peace all your lives, not just after a tombstone saying that is put over you. You deserve more than Thoughts and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices.— Emma González (@Emma4Change) May 18, 2018
Enough is enough, time for lawmakers to do something.
This has been my fear since February 14th, that another mass casualty shooting would happen before we did anything. Now, we have 8 more children dead and our leadership in Washington has done nothing. We do not need thoughts and prayers, we need action and we need it now.— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 18, 2018
But others argue no matter where you stand on the gun debate, belittling "thoughts and prayers" is disrespectful and unnecessary.
Amazing to see an entire group of people on the left including journalists ridicule “thoughts and prayers” to people just shot in a Church.— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) November 6, 2017