The tragic shooting in California on Wednesday evening shocked and gripped the nation as twelve people, including a law enforcement officer, were killed by a lone gunman.
Anytime and every time a shooting incident like this occurs, Americans set aside their differences and empathize with the victims.
And, this empathy takes different forms.
Some people express over social media they are thinking about those who have lost, that the victims are not alone and do not have to suffer alone, and they can seek comfort in knowing their suffering is not being ignored.
Other people start funds and raise money for those who have lost loved ones to help alleviate financial burdens following the insufferable loss of life. And, following an incident like the one in Thousand Oaks, people of faith offer prayers of strength, of comfort, of healing, of protection, of understanding, and anything else they believe could be helpful for the victims.
During a segment on CNN, host Chris Cuomo mocked those who console people with their “thoughts and prayers” and said people of faith were ridiculous to only seek God’s help in reaction.
Cuomo’s words speak for themselves:
“We can’t even have a conversation. The only consensus there is in a canard and here it is: ‘First, I would like to offer my thoughts and prayers.’ Because that’s what you do when you offer thoughts and prayers, you mock those who lost loved ones (Cuomo said with a smirk and a sarcastic voice).
“Because, if you gave it any thought at all, you would never walk away from any of these without figuring out a better way to deal with them.
“And prayer? You think leaving it to God is the answer? We pray for strength, we pray for wisdom, we pray for resolve, but we clearly don’t want to act on any of those, so what are you praying for?”
Cuomo’s rant then gets worse as he theorizes it would take a “stadium full of children” to be killed for Christians and others of faith to only pray and not act further:
“What would it take? How about a stadium full of children of the most influential people of our society all holding puppies? What if they were all shot and killed? Would we act?
“‘Oh, don’t be ridiculous to suggest something like that,’ is it? Is it ridiculous? Is it more ridiculous than doing nothing?”
People online said the segment was a despicable attack on those of faith, it was sick vitriol to those who are empathetic to victims, and was a disgusting attack on those seeking to help the victims.
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