AOC brings the NRA into New Zealand shooting conversation

Following yesterday’s horrific shooting at a New Zealand mosque which left forty-nine confirmed people dead, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to politicize the shooting and somehow attribute the phrase “thoughts and prayers” to the NRA.

During a press conference, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the shooting was “an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence” and that thoughts and prayers were with the victims and the families affected by the tragic shooting.

AOC jumped on that, saying “At 1st I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.’ But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs. What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?”

She then went on to attribute the phrase to the NRA.

“Thoughts and prayers” is reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies. Not directed to PM Ardern, who I greatly admire.”

Criticism of Ocasio-Cortez was swift, with NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch chiming in to say, “Pretty sure thoughts and prayers isn’t anyone’s phrase, and prayer especially (which you mocked earlier after what happened in a house of prayer?) is a real action, a petition to, a conversation with, God — in this case, to request protection, comfort for those suffering.”

Others pointed out that New Zealand has tough gun laws.

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