#Thanks4Nothing: Politicians Can’t Pass Actual Laws To Stop Gun Violence, So They Tweet Prayerfully

Politicians Need to Legislate More and Pray Less to Solve The Gun Violence Problem in America
Politicians Need to Legislate More and Pray Less to Solve The Gun Violence Problem in America
 Politicians Need to Legislate More and Pray Less to Solve The Gun Violence Problem in America

To promote the general welfare, members of Congress have the power to craft laws, pass them and send them to the president for his or her signature.

In the wake of instances of gun massacres, however, politicians reliably and reflexively reach for the most casual response possible: condolences of 140 characters or less to nobody in particular. Why even bother?

The mass shooting at a community college in Oregon gave us this same rote reaction.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)@SpeakerBoehner offers prayers:

Prayers for the victims, families, students, & faculty at Umpqua Community College, & the community of Roseburg, Oregon.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) @SenPatRoberts gives victims his prayers and his thoughts:

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all those affected by this terrible tragedy at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.
Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)@DWStweetsprovides thoughts:

Heartbroken over the shooting at UCC in Oregon. Schools should be safe spaces. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.

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