AOC Blasts the NRA After New Zealand Shooting: ‘What Good Are Your Thoughts & Prayers?’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called out the National Rifle Association after the New Zealand mass shooting on Thursday, claiming their use of apologetic rhetoric is a strategy to deflect from policy conversations.

In the midst of the massacre, the congresswoman shared her opinions on Twitter, calling for the togetherness of community, and condemning the NRA while relating the incident to those similar to the religious mass shootings that happened in the U.S.

“At [first] I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore,'” she tweeted. “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?”

Ocasio-Cortez followed up her statement by diverting to the vulnerable states for communities and encouraging people to unite.

“We must come together, fight for each other & stand up for neighbors. Isolation, dehumanizing stereotypes, hysterical conspiracy theories, & hatred ultimately lead to the anarchy of violence,” said the congresswoman.

“We cannot stand for it,” she added.

When questions arose of who Ocasio-Cortez’s statements were directed towards, the congresswoman clarified that she was not referring to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, but rather the National Rifle Association’s passivity to addressing gun policy.

“‘Thoughts and prayers’ is a reference to the NRA’s phrase to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies,” she added. “Not directed to [Prime Minister] Ardern, who I greatly admire.”

Ocasio-Cortez has been an outspoken critic of the NRA since before being elected to public office tweeting in 2018, “The NRA doesn’t work for gun owners. They work for gun companies. They’re a marketing and lobbyist organization that’s full of hot air and dirty cash.”

Last month Ocasio-Cortez signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 8, a bill calling for mandatory background checks, along with over 200 other House Democrats.

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Phyllis Softa
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I disagree with Louis that the “thoughts and prayers” after all episodes of gun violence came from the NRA. Thoughts and prayers would be the US Congress’ response. NRA’s response is always, more guns. If Congress is going to continue with the “thoughts and prayers” response, could they at least pray for ENDING the gun violence.

James
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NRA’s response is ALWAYS education, continual training and the SAFE use of guns. While More Guns does equal Less Crime – proven by studies at Universities, the FBI and most Sheriffs, the Left’s propaganda machine spewing out that the NRA SELLS GUNS is patently FALSE and only feeds to their low-IQ, low information voter bloc. The NRA is America’s FIRST Civil Rights Organization established in 1871. FACTS; not Commie BS.

Phyllis Softa
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Gun Violence IS a crime, James. Do you see it diminishing? If the NRA saw it diminishing, why are they encouraging us to go out & arm ourselves?—Why aren’t they opposed to arming citizens that could NOT pass a background check? Why is their solution MORE guns? If the NRA believes you are safe from gun violence, why do they want the right to closed carry reciprocity? If schools are safe from gun violence, why would schools need to arm teachers?

Morte206
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People are violent, guns are inanimate, a big difference wouldn’t you say? Let’s just outlaw people ** MASSIVE EYEROLL **

Phyllis Softa
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Let’s not feed them with fear mongering then expect the “People are violent” among us to react rationally.

banstan
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” If the NRA believes you are safe from gun violence, why do they want the right to closed carry reciprocity?” Where did you get the idea that the NRA believes you are safe from gun violence? The reason they want the right to closed carry reciprocity is because they DON’T believe you are safe from gun violence. “why would schools need to arm teachers?, because they DON’T believe schools are safe from gun violence. Your response to James is just another round of your typical BS

Phyllis Softa
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Guns make/keep us safe according to the NRA. The population of the US in 2018 was 327.2 million. There are 393 million civilian owned firearms in the US. Using NRA’s guns keep is safe rationale, how can we NOT be safe? The guns outnumber us.

Phyllis Softa
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How do you see promoting “education, continual training and the SAFE use of guns” ending gun violence?

banstan
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I don’t see it “ending” gun violence, philly. I see it cutting the number of accidental shootings. THE first step is changing how we judge the people in the mental health field that just seem to want to throw a mind-altering drug at people with problems and then forget about them. You REALLY want to stop gun violence, you START with how people with REAL mental health problems are just run through the system and given a mind-altering drug in this country and quit blaming the NRA.

Phyllis Softa
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40,000 deaths by gun fire in 2017. How many mass shootings fall into the “accidental” category?

banstan
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Many mass shootings fall into your 40,000 fear mongering number?

banstan
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You leave out that almost 2/3 of your 40,000 fear mongering number are suicides. Mental cases that want to end it will find a way to end it.

Phyllis Softa
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The 2/3 did not have the benefit of knowing that you have a better plan to treatment mental illness than Rx’s and therapy. Once the word gets out, the suicide by gun will be diminished. Yes, there are other methods to commit suicide. Self inflicted gun shot is responsible for 85% of successful suicides. Suicide rates are higher in areas of easy access to guns. My number was from the CDC. They do not need to fear monger.

banstan
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YOU FEAR MONGERED by bringing “mass shootings” into your total number when mass shootings make up LESS THAN 3% of gun deaths.

banstan
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Just to say what you REALLY WANTED to say philly, 60% suicides, 37% homicides. That leaves 3% for mass shootings and they don’t reach THAT level.

banstan
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Since mass shootings make up less than 3% of your fear mongering number, just what is your point exactly?

Phyllis Softa
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How many in Chicago? I know R’s are really concerned about the gun violence in Chicago.

banstan
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What does Chicago now have to do with your original statement about “mass shootings”?

banstan
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I would think that with all the psychiatric experience you want us all to believe you have, that YOU would agree that mass shootings fall into the “mental” category instead of the “accidental” category. Your question has no basis on ANYTHING.

Phyllis Softa
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I don’t want you to believe anything. Screw questioned my background and I simply presented a portion of my CV. Where did you get the impression I give 2 hoots what anyone wishes to believe concerning my background? I am 67 and my professional life is in the books. My husband & I paid our dues to both our professions, the community, and our families. I hope some day you get to retire and enjoy life without the day planner.

banstan
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Like I asked, with all of your so-called psychiatric experience, WHY would you EVEN ask if mass shootings fall into the “accidental” category?

banstan
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YOU made the original comment, ANSWER the ORIGINAL question.

banstan
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LET me help you with the original question you were asked since you brought “mass shootings” into this conversation YOURSELF, “Since mass shootings make up less than 3% of your fear mongering number, just what is your point exactly?” STILL waiting for an answer.

banstan
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Just WHAT is the point of YOUR comment, “40,000 deaths by gun fire in 2017. How many mass shootings fall into the “accidental” category?” WHY, with all of your self-called psychiatric experience would you even CONSIDER “mass shootings” in the “accidental” category?

banstan
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I’m NOT a SELF-PROCLAIMED psychiatric expert like you, but even an uneducated person like myself KNOWS a “mass shooting” ISN’T accidental.

Phyllis Softa
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If you read books/periodical & keep current in fields that interest you, how can you claim to be “uneducated”? Life experiences are also a form of education. You don’t need paper framed on the wall to be educated. Full disclosure, the only framed documents over my professional career were the PA required posting of my current professional licenses Your logic skills could use some work, (something is unconstitutional because you think it is, would get you tossed out of Philosophy 11)

banstan
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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!

Phyllis Softa
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LOL….Is that a sign you were hiding under the covers?

Phyllis Softa
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NRA’s solutions address accidental shootings. By your numbers, the accidental gun deaths would be less than any of your other categories. Capeesh?

banstan
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Why are so against a realistic starting point? Capeesh?

Phyllis Softa
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Which of the 3 categories you provided, suicide, homicide and mass shootings, would reduce gun deaths via education and safety training? Those would reduce accidental deaths, but suicides, homicides and mass shootings would not be benefit. Perhaps you see it being effective & I am happy to read how you see that.

Phyllis Softa
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It is psychology experience, not psychiatric—psychiatric experience one gets in med school. I interned on a psych ward, but as a psychology major and all student nurses were required time in a psychiatric unit. I am 67, When I took nursing boards, you had to pass all divisions of the exam to be licensed in PA. Psychiatric nursing care was one of the 4 divisions. The PA nursing exam no longer uses that format.

banstan
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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!

Phyllis Softa
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You were touting the NRA’s educational and safety solution to addressing gun violence. That addresses gun deaths ONLY in accidental shootings. If by your figures, 60% are suicides, 37% homicides, and 3% mass shootings, where are the accidental shootings? Perhaps your 3% is accidental, since mass shootings would be considered homicides. So the NRA solution is addressing possibly 3% of gun deaths. NOT exactly impressive. Or do you think so?

banstan
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Not ONE bit of your comments addresses the question posed to you. So typical of your comments.

Phyllis Softa
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I am going to give you the benefit of being disoriented after your nap.

banstan
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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Morte206
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What a frickin moron! The NRA has nothing to do with policy, practice or regulation of anything to do with personal use firearms in any country other than this one. The N stands for National not New Zealand.
AOC: Abyssymally Overhyped Cretin

Phyllis Softa
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I’m not your negative vote, Morte. BUT, if you reread AOC’s tweets she does not claim or imply the NRA is responsible for gun policy in ANY country. I rarely agree with AOC, but the info in these tweets is what you will see if you stand back and look at the NRA—their priority is selling guns and lobbying against any law that would reduce the sell of guns. Any solution of gun violence that the NRA endorses includes MORE guns.

James
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Once again your Commie BS has taken over where there’s NO factual data. The NRA does NOT sell guns. The NRA is the ONLY organization which has developed a standard program for school districts in the U.S. to follow to keep our kids SAFE in school. The NRA-ILA is constantly in Court to fight against the Nazi-wannabes who are Hell-bent on destroying our First and Second Amendment RIGHTS. The NRA stays quiet because WE know they will be blamed for every massacre by a disturbed Democrat.

Phyllis Softa
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Working for gun manufacturers is not selling guns. What is the NRA’s program for school districts to keep kids safe? ARM teachers. ARMED veterans roaming the halls. Even a mentally unbalanced individual bent of killing innocent victims would take aim at the armed individual before he/she could draw his gun.

banstan
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“Even a mentally unbalanced individual bent of killing innocent victims would take aim at the armed individual before he/she could draw his gun.” NOW you even claim to know what goes on inside a mentally unbalanced individual’s head and what he or she would DO in any circumstance.

Phyllis Softa
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I have considerable experience reading postings of unbalanced individuals. Who would you shoot first? The armed or the unarmed?

banstan
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Nice try, philly.

Phyllis Softa
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Not a very good dodge, ban.

banstan
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ANY person who claims that they can read people’s minds, that they know what is going on inside other people’s heads, that think they can perform psychiatric evaluations of people from the comfort of their favorite armchair should be considered unbalanced. That would be YOU, philly. So why don’t you answer your own question yourself?

Phyllis Softa
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Is it rational to believe universal background checks is an attack on the 2nd amendment? If you PASS the background check, YOU BUY A GUN! What do you believe occurs, Oh mentally balanced one?

James
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Morte, there’s no fix for stupid or being an anti-RIGHTS Leftist. THEY only claim those RIGHTS they believe they are entitled to – – like if they had a pen and a phone – not the RIGHTS everyone is guaranteed under the 1791 Bill of Rights.

[I voted UP on your post.]

Phyllis Softa
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Who has ever introduced a bill to repeal the 2nd amendment? WHO had their gun taken away with Obama’s pen and phone? James, you fall for the fear mongering and it makes you a target for more fear mongering.

banstan
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James seems to have a fully functioning brain between his ears. Once again you show the same can’t be said for you since you STILL are telling other people what is going on inside their own heads. I’m sure he appreciates your delusional foray into his head and I’m sure he will do his best from now on not to fall for any more fear mongering.

Phyllis Softa
Member

So help James out, Ban. Tell him who has introduced a bill to repeal the 2nd amendment.

banstan
Member

So you are saying that all the anti 2nd Amendment rhetoric that the prog/left has been bombarding us with means NOTHING UNTIL a bill is introduced? A bill will NEVER be introduced because the prog/left CAN’T get their delusional ideas through the legislative branch. They are ALREADY attempting their end-runs on the Constitution by using their only hope, a liberal judiciary.

Phyllis Softa
Member

Universal background checks is NOT anti-2nd amendment! For 10 years the 2nd amendment survived a ban on manufacture and sell of assault rifles to civilians. Large capacity ammo magazines were banned for civilian sell for 10 years and yet the 2nd amendment survived. BUT you want us to believe it did not? Who is the delusional one here?

banstan
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“yet the 2nd amendment survived. BUT you want us to believe it did not? Who is the delusional one here?” You are the delusional one here. Philly, for your information, the 2nd Amendment is alive and breathing, despite the attacks. Show ANY post by ANYONE that says they want you to believe that the 2nd Amendment is dead. YOU are the ONLY ONE that makes that statement by accusing other people of saying something that they have NEVER said.

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