Useless platitude

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Denny Hoskins (r) [2017 file photo].

This morning:

Senator Denny Hoskins, CPA @DLHoskins
Please pray for the victims and their families.
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8:44 AM · May 25, 2022

Some of the responses:

Faith without works is dead.

Praying doesn’t seem to work, maybe we should try something else.

Please do something to prevent this from happening again. You weren’t elected for your ability to pray, you were elected to pass laws.

Your prayers mean absolutely NOTHING!!! You are a disgrace!

Prayers do not stop bullets common sense gun laws would be a fresh approach. Your pro birth but post birth children are collateral damage it’s GUNS no matter how many children die
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This is what Dennys answer is to school shootings. 212 mass shootings in our country so far this yr, when will it happen in Mo.? Blame the elected officials who get rich off the NRA to pass laws that favor GUNS over your child’s life.
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No outrage only prayers that don’t stop bullets
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You passed #SAPA which was opposed by law enforcement and would prevent federal authorities from helping when (not if) there’s a school shooting in Missouri. You’ve made it easier to buy guns.

You don’t care about any of these people. Spare is your false prayers.

Log off, Denny.

#moleg

Obviously we’ve been praying for over 20 years. It doesn’t seem to be working because it keeps happening and you all are complicit and choose unfettered access to guns over living, breathing human beings. So you too can STFU.

This you?

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Mary Elizabeth Coleman (r) [2019 file photo].

Last night:

MaryElizabethColeman @meaccoleman
Eternal rest be granted to them.

And wrap your arms around them.
9:53 PM · May 24, 2022

December 2021:

Mary Elizabeth Coleman
Hoping Santa had you on the nice list.
[….]

Thoughts and prayers, eh?

President Joe Biden – May 24, 2022

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Joe Biden (D) [2020 file photo].

Last night:

Remarks by President Biden on the School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas
MAY 24, 2022

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Roosevelt Room
8:41 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, fellow Americans.

I had hoped, when I became President, I would not have to do this again.

Another massacre. Uvalde, Texas. An elementary school. Beautiful, innocent second, third, fourth graders. And how many scores of little children who witnessed what happened see their friends die as if they’re on a battlefield, for God’s sake. They’ll live with it the rest of their lives.

There’s a lot we don’t know yet, but there’s a lot we do know.

There are parents who will never see their child again, never have them jump in bed and cuddle with them. Parents who will never be the same.

To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away. There’s a hollowness in your chest, and you feel like you’re being sucked into it and never going to be able to get out. It’s suffocating. And it’s never quite the same.

And it’s a feeling shared by the siblings, and the grandparents, and their family members, and the community that’s left behind.

Scripture says — Jill and I have talked about this in different contexts, in other contexts: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” So many crushed spirits.

So, tonight, I ask the nation to pray for them, to give the parents and siblings the strength in the darkness they feel right now.

As a nation, we have to ask: When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?

It’s been 340- — 3,448 days — 10 years since I stood up at a high school in Connecticut — a grade school in Connecticut, where another gunman massacred 26 people, including 20 first graders, at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Since then, there have been over 900 incidents of gunfires reported on school grounds.

Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Santa Fe High School in Texas. Oxford High School in Michigan. The list goes on and on.

And the list grows when it includes mass shootings at places like movie theaters, houses of worship, and, as we saw just 10 days ago, at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.

I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage.

I spent my career as a senator and as Vice President working to pass commonsense gun laws. We can’t and won’t prevent every tragedy. But we know they work and have a positive impact. When we passed the assault weapons ban, mass shootings went down. When the law expired, mass shootings tripled.

The idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons is just wrong.

What in God’s name do you need an assault weapon for except to kill someone?

Deer aren’t running through the forest with Kevlar vests on, for God’s sake. It’s just sick.

And the gun manufacturers have spent two decades aggressively marketing assault weapons which make them the most and largest profit.

For God’s sake, we have to have the courage to stand up to the industry.

Here’s what else I know: Most Americans support commonsense laws — commonsense gun laws.

I just got off my trip from Asia, meeting with Asian leaders, and I learned of this while I was on the aircraft. And what struck me on that 17-hour flight — what struck me was these kinds of mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world.

Why? They have mental health problems. They have domestic disputes in other countries. They have people who are lost. But these kinds of mass shootings never happen with the kind of frequency that they happen in America. Why?

Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God’s name is our backbone to have the courage to deal with it and stand up to the lobbies?

It’s time to turn this pain into action.

For every parent, for every citizen in this country, we have to make it clear to every elected official in this country: It’s time to act.

It’s time — for those who obstruct or delay or block the commonsense gun laws, we need to let you know that we will not forget.

We can do so much more. We have to do more.

Our prayer tonight is for those parents, lying in bed and trying to figure out, “Will I be able to sleep again? What do I say to my other children? What happens tomorrow?”

May God bless the loss of innocent life on this sad day. And may the Lord be near the brokenhearted and save those crushed in spirit, because they’re going to need a lot of help and a lot of our prayers.

God love you.

8:48 P.M. EDT

Previously:

Vice President Kamala Harris – May 24, 2022 (May 25, 2022)

Vice President Kamala Harris – May 24, 2022

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Kamala Harris (D) [2019 file photo].

Last night:

Remarks by Vice President Harris at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies 28th Annual Awards
MAY 24, 2022
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7:06 P.M. EDT
THE VICE PRESIDENT: [….]

Tonight is a rough night. We planned for a great celebration, but I’m sure most of you have heard the tragic news about what has happened in Texas.

So I had prepared comments about tonight, which I will speak, but I just first want to begin by saying a few words about the tragedy that occurred today in Uvalde, Texas.

As many of you now, the reports are that there was a mass shooting at an elementary school, and the preliminary reports are that 14 children have been killed. And the details are still coming in, and of course the President and I are monitoring the situation closely.

So while we don’t know all the details yet, we do know that there are parents who have lost children, families that have lost children and their loves ones, of course, and many others who may have been injured.

So, I would normally say in a moment like this — we would all say naturally — that our hearts break, but our hearts keep getting broken.

You know, I think so many — there’s so many elected leaders in this room. You know what I’m talking about. Every time a tragedy like this happens, our hearts break, and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the broken hearts of those families. And yet, it keeps happening.

So, I think we all know and have said many times with each other: Enough is enough. Enough is enough.

As a nation, we have to have the courage to take action and understand the nexus between what make for reasonable and sensible public policy to ensure something like this never happens again.

So, the President will speak more about this later. But for now, I will just say to the people of Uvalde: Please know that this is a room full of leaders who grieve with you. And we are praying for you, and we stand with you.

And it is difficult at a time like this to think about much else, but I do look around this room and I know who is here, and I know this is a room full of American leaders who know and have the courage to take a stand.

And so let us, tonight, as we do every time we all get together, recommit ourselves to having the courage to take action.

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Complicit

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Jason Kander (D) [2016 file photo].

Tonight:

Jason Kander @JasonKander
If you’re an American politician who has opposed gun reforms these past few years and right now you’re having doubts, thinking maybe these kids deaths could have been prevented, maybe you’re somehow responsible, allow me to help.

Yes. You are.

Time to do the right thing.
7:03 PM · May 24, 2022

Always clueless, always bad timing, always blocking any solutions

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Read the room, assholes.

GOP @GOP
This is the 15th day in a row gas prices have reached new record highs!
2:01 PM · May 24, 2022

Some of the responses:

More important things on my mind. Things you do nothing about.
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Children at an elementary school in Uvalde TX are being made target practice and you’re talking about fing gas prices!!

And 15 people died today. 14 of them children and one teacher.
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Another school shooting today; what is the GOP doing to address gun violence?

Thoughts and prayers as usual.

And how many mass shootings have we had???

It’s been 3,448 days since Sandy Hook and we have yet to pass meaningful legislation to stop mass shootings.

Now there was another elementary school shooting today in Texas.

The GOP is only concerned with protecting the guns.

14 children and 1 teacher woke up, the start of a normal day. 14 children and 1 teacher aren’t coming home.

15 people died at an elementary school in Texas today. Care to comment?

There has been 27 school shooting this year. 27 in under 6 months. Any statement on that? Any ideas or solutions or just thought and prayers?

Anything else of note happen today?

This is the nth time we have had a mass shooting in this country. That is actually something we can do something about. But you don’t care. Go get lost.

Let’s see, how many days with a mass shooting?

14 ELEMENTARY KIDS DEAD 1 TEACHER
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Speaking of 15 .. did you hear about the 15 people killed at the elementary school today?

14 elementary kids are dead. I think that is more important.

14 children were slaughtered today you sick empty souled bastards.

14 children and a teacher are dead from a school shooter in an elementary school in Texas. Texas were one needs no@permit, no registration and no background checks. Last week of school. Parents that were planning summer holidays now have to plan funerals. When will you do somethi

And more children killed in a school. Gas is the least of my concerns. [….]

I was certain this was going to be about another mass shooting but no

Gas prices I can deal with.

Having my kid gunned down in school, not so much.

Nice deflection though.

Speaking of 15, its been confirmed that 14 students and 1 teacher were killed in a mass shooting today at an elementary school.

How many days in a row for school shootings?

134 children are ready dead this year in the US from gun violence.

You were saying?

I’ll gladly pay $20/gallon if it’ll stop gun violence.

Another school shooting, but let’s talk about gasoline prices. What does GOP want to say about guns?

15 Americans gunned down today in Texas due to @GOP .

FOURTEEN CHILDREN were murdered today you asswipes.

GFYS
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To the human behind the account: 14 children lost their lives, have you no shame?

No. This has been another edition of short answers to simple questions.

Did you hear the news coming out of Texas?

I am now convinced that you are evil. And evil must be purged.

Psychopaths
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How many mass shootings in the last 15 days?

This is the third day this week with a mass shooting. Let’s focus on what’s most important

14 children and a teacher were killed in Texas.

I’m sure the timing on this tweet is TOTALY coincidental and not a smokescreen AT ALL [….]

Campaign Finance: money to burn

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Putting a torch to it, so to speak.

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C190996 05/23/2022 Conservative Leaders of Missouri Torch Electronics LLC 1124 Sara Mathews Ln Wildwood MO 63005 5/23/2022 $40,000.00

C171235 05/23/2022 Missouri Senior PAC Torch Electronics LLC 1124 Sara Mathews Ln Wildwood MO 63005 5/23/2022 $40,000.00

C131007 05/23/2022 Missouri Growth PAC Torch Electronics LLC 1124 Sara Mathews Ln Wildwood MO 63005 5/23/2022 $40,000.00

C151156 05/23/2022 MO Majority PAC LLC Torch Electronics LLC 1124 Sara Mathews Ln Wildwood MO 63005 5/23/2022 $40,000.00

C171229 05/23/2022 Missouri C PAC Torch Electronics LLC 1124 Sara Mathews Ln Wildwood MO 63005 5/23/2022 $40,000.00

C141393 05/23/2022 Missouri AG PAC Torch Electronics LLC 1124 Sara Mathews Ln Wildwood MO 63005 5/23/2022 $40,000.00

[emphasis added]

$240,000.00 will light up a lot.

Heh

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Denny Hoskins (r) [2016 file photo].

This morning:

Piper for Missouri @piper4missouri
When you’re brave enough to put your hot takes on the web, but not brave enough to let folks comment […] One of Denny’s constituents tagged him in one of my FB posts just to lure him into a response since he won’t speak to his constituents. Very typical of MO GOP politicians.
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7:32 AM · May 23, 2022

An open public town hall? What’s that?

Previously:

Sen. Denny Hoskins (r): post session victory dance over any individal woman’s personal medical decisions (March 17, 2019)

Sen. Denny Hoskins (r): regulated land use is evil, until it isn’t (August 12, 2019)

Sen. Denny Hoskins (r): uninformed and selective outrage (September 18, 2019)

Denny Hoskins (r): sleeping through school as an aspirational model for life (June 23, 2021)

Consistently stepping on any available rake as a lifestyle choice (April 30, 2022)