Patty Murray Wants Action, Not Thoughts and Prayers, On Gun Reform

The U.S. Senator responded to the recent sniper massacre in Los Vegas by calling for action.

In the wake of Sunday’s sniper massacre of dozens of partygoers in Las Vegas, U.S. Senator Patty Murray tweeted on Monday about the urgent need for gun regulation in America.

The tweet storm began with a statement of personal empathy:

Then the Democratic senator from Washington localized the issue of gun violence:

Murray was apparently referring to the school shooting near Spokane on September 13, wherein one student killed another with a pistol and wounded three more. For Murray, the steady pace of mass shootings in America is unacceptable:

She decried the common “thoughts and prayers” response from do-nothing politicians to mass shootings:

Then Murray called for elected leaders to unite around a pragmatic response to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America:

Murray finished off the tweet storm with a call to action, and an implicit rebuke to the idea that mass shootings shouldn’t be politicized:

Earlier today, U.S. Congress Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-7) tweeted similar sentiments:

She also retweeted a letter from Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi to House Speaker Paul Ryan outlining immediate steps for advancing “common sense” gun reforms:

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