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House Speaker Ryan Demands ‘Prayers’ After 25 Killed In Church Mass Shooting, The 377th This Year


House Speaker Ryan Demands ‘Prayers’ After 25 Killed In Church Mass Shooting, The 377th This Year

In the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting at a house of worship in America that left at least 25 dead and dozens more injured, GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan has called for “prayers.”

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that 25 people were killed when a man walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and opened fire at around 11.30am local time.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the mass shooting an “evil act” in a Sunday tweet: “Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon.”

When a lone gunman opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas last month, killing at least 58 and injuring more than 500, it marked the 338th mass shooting in America at that time.

Today’s mass shooting marks the 377th mass shooting in America, according to

As we reported late last month, efforts to ban the manufacture and sale of bump stocks, which were used by the Las Vegas shooter to essentially turn his semi-automatic weapons into fully automatics ones, have effectively stalled on Capitol Hill, according to congressional aides and issue advocates.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid tore into Paul Ryan’s tweet, writing: “Enough with the “thoughts and prayers already.” The Bible teaches us that faith without works is dead. Do something or say nothing.”

Reid also ripped into Texas Sen. Ted Cruz after he tweeted: “Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our brave first responders on the scene.” Reid wrote: “This is your state. Any plans to actually do something legislatively to hopefully prevent this from happening again?”

Other Twitter users offered similar condemnations to lawmakers’ call for prayers instead of action:

Sen. Richard Blumenthal wrote: “Heartbroken for victims, loved ones, and all affected by the horrific tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Horror, heartbreak, shame. Prayers are important but insufficient. After another unspeakable tragedy, Congress must act – or be complicit. Enough is enough. Now is the time for commonsense gun violence prevention steps. Congressional complicity must end.”


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