Lawmakers and other U.S. officials have begun to offer their condolences and statements on the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, TX on Sunday, where initial reports estimate around 27 people killed.
The tragedy, which took place just 35 days after 58 people were killed in a mass shooting in Las Vegas, is already among the top four most deadly mass shootings in modern American history.
Among those who reacted to the incident on Twitter was House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican Congressman from Wisconsin.
“Reports out of Texas are devastating,” Ryan tweeted Sunday afternoon. “The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.”
After the Trump administration said it was too soon to talk about gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting last month — the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history — many Americans have grown tired of politicians simply offering prayers instead of taking action to stop gun violence.
The vast majority of responses to Ryan’s tweet for prayers clearly showed this brewing frustration across the United States.
“Thoughts and prayers aren’t working,” one user replied. “Try something else like oh I don’t know, sensible gun control? It’s so crazy it just might work.”
Thoughts and prayers aren’t working. Try something else like oh I don’t know, sensible gun control? It’s so crazy it just might work.
— Nola Brown Girl (@nolabrowngirl) November 5, 2017
“Prayers are awesome, but they are NOT ENOUGH IN 2017,” said another. “Time for common sense gun control, Paul.”
Prayers are awesome, but they are NOT ENOUGH IN 2017.
Time for common sense gun control, Paul.
— katie kelly mack (@KatieKellyMack) November 5, 2017
Even actress Mia Farrow weighed in, echoing the comments of other citizens.
“Prayers and thoughts don’t seem to be working. We NEED reasonable gun laws. Do your job,” she tweeted to Ryan.
prayers and thoughts don’t seem to be working. We NEED reasonable gun laws. Do your job
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 5, 2017
Many correctly noted the NRA’s influence on the GOP and the Republicans’ reluctance to even allow a conversation around reasonable gun law reforms. Gun owners even expressed their frustration with how the GOP let the NRA distort the narrative on gun legislation.
as a Texan and an American that is NOT what we need or want. Stop with talking points and kissing up to NRA! Signed gun owner!
— Casey (@buhbe) November 5, 2017
On a day like this, remember you get bribed by the @NRA to do nothing about gun regulation
— Leigh Ellis (@LeighEllis) November 5, 2017
What they really need is for Congress not to be bought off by the NRA.
— Lee (@g4_lee) November 5, 2017
Ryan himself received nearly $6,000 from the NRA in the 2016 electoral cycle and has received nearly $172,000 in total from the gun lobby. The organization spends millions each year on Republican political campaigns, lobbying against gun control and putting out dangerous gun-related propaganda.
Take a look at some of the other responses Ryan received on Twitter:
Every mass shooting ends in prayers. This one was in a CHURCH. Constant prayers. How about doing something to reduce gun violence?
— Debbi McNeer (@knitrunrepeat) November 5, 2017
The people of America need YOU to do your damn job and stop kowtowing to people who profit off our gun violence epidemic.
— Ashton 👨🏻💻 (@ashtonpittman) November 5, 2017
Hey man you literally run one chamber of Congress, may be you can do something about this.. pic.twitter.com/EvnEZcZEwV
— Aditya Sharma (@adityaksharma) November 5, 2017
Can we all agree that the prayers of Paul Ryan have consistently proven to be worth less than shit? https://t.co/pdkWyGJWc5
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) November 5, 2017
Maybe we should start praying for gun laws. Would that get the conversation started?
— Andrea Misner (@AndreaMisner) November 5, 2017
I think maybe they need some common sense gun laws instead.
— Queen of Thorns 🎃 (@nursegemrn) November 5, 2017
Gun control shouldn't be a DEM vs GOP issue, rather it is a life vs death issue. Both parties should work together.
— Adeyemi Akintunde T (@AdeyemiAkinT) November 5, 2017
They were in church. They had the prayers shot right out of them. Maybe try something else.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) November 5, 2017
Right, because all them prayers after the last mass shooting that you did nothing about worked so well to prevent this one. Useless.
— Liz Yohn (@LizYohnRN) November 5, 2017
I think we need reasonable gun laws. You could be leading the charge. #Dosomething
— LynnO (@Wintery1) November 5, 2017
Your prayers/pointless platitudes literally do nothing..your previous actions are a direct cause of it
— Kev Oldham (@jamadu76) November 5, 2017
They need more than just prayers, they need action by Congress to control gun violence. You lead the House: you lead the way.
— BiblioKlu (@biblioklu) November 5, 2017
— James Brownlee (@jbrownlee2nd) November 5, 2017
Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 5, 2017