In the wake of the mass shooting where a former Marine killed 12 people at a California bar and weeks after another deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, many people around the country have been offering their ‘thoughts and prayers’ to all those involved in the tragic events.
This has angered many of the people in the pro-gun control crowd as they believe that thoughts and prayers do nothing to stop mass shootings from happening every other week.
MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews went on a rant on Thursday’s edition of the show where he went after lawmakers who send their “thoughts and prayers.”
See what he had to say in the video below:
“Thoughts and prayers, I’m sorry, but that should be outlawed,” Matthews said. “I know it’s well intended in some cases. It’s a throwaway line by a staffer who knocks off some script, some product, some wordage for somebody political to make it sound like they give a damn.”
“For the president, it seems like just another cultural button to push. You know, like moving the embassy in the Middle East. One of these things like it will get him some votes in the evangelical community. He says things like protecting your Second Amendment rights. The culture war you’re up against is brutal. They just push these buttons.”
“And these people, ‘Oh, yeah. Amen to that, Mr. President. You’re one of us. You’re one of us.’ It’s horrible. Not even about actual safety. It’s not about people shooting each other, plugging 12 people in a bar. It’s about this almost neo-religious notion of the Second Amendment — as if it’s God created.”
CNN’s Chris Cuomo also had a harsh message for those who offer “thoughts and prayers” to the victims of the shootings.
“You mock those who lost loved ones because if you gave it any thought at all you would never walk away from any of these without figuring out a better way to deal with them,” Cuomo said.
“And prayer? You think leaving it to God is the answer? We pray for strength, we pray for wisdom, for resolve, but we clearly don’t want to act on any of those here, so what are you praying for?”
See him say these words yourself in the video below:
Cuomo also noted that only ten percent of Americans placed gun control laws as the most important issue in the country, behind healthcare, immigration, and the economy.
“No one even really ran on it,” Cuomo continued. “And if you won’t vote on it, if it’s not your priority if you can’t own that part of it, how can you convince anyone in power to care about it? You can’t.”
“We can do better. And we all have to live with doing nothing,” he concluded. “The next time is coming. And more and more, you, me, our leaders, we’re all becoming part of the problem. Think and pray on that.”