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Paul Ryan Tried To Explain Why 'Thoughts And Prayers' Are Important For The Texas Mass Shooting

Paul Ryan Tried To Explain Why 'Thoughts And Prayers' Are Important For The Texas Mass Shooting
Updated 7 months ago

After the deadly shooting at a Texas church that killed 26 people, House Speaker Paul Ryan stopped by Fox News to talk to host Laura Ingraham. Ryan, who received $170,000 from gun rights groups in 2016, defended his call for prayers in the wake of the latest mass shooting.

Regarding criticism from people who want policy change instead of prayers, Ryan said:

It’s disappointing, it’s sad, and this is what you’ll get from the far secular left. People who do not have faith don’t understand faith, I guess I’d have to say. And it is the right thing to do is to pray in moments like this, because you know what? Prayer works. And I know you believe that, and I believe that and when you hear the secular left doing this thing, it’s no wonder you have so much polarization and disunity in this country when people think like that.

Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 70 Episcopal bishops, offered this statement:

In the wake of the heartbreaking shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, we find ourselves both calling people to prayer, and wishing that the word did not come so readily to the lips of elected leaders who are quick to speak, but take no action on behalf of public safety. Each of us has a role to play in our repentance. Elected representatives bear the responsibility of passing legislation that protects our citizenry. If our representatives are not up to this responsibility, we must replace them. In the meantime, however, we ask that in honor of our many murdered dead, elected leaders who behave as though successive episode of mass slaughter are simply the price our nation pays for freedom stop the reflexive and corrosive repetition of the phrase ‘thoughts and prayers.’

Twitter users weighed in, but they weren't as kind as the bishops:

Maybe it's time for Paul Ryan and the rest of Congress to pray for the wisdom to pass common-sense gun control.