After 14 people died and over 20 more were wounded earlier this week in a shooting in San Bernardino, California, politicians of all stripes reacted on social media to offer their thoughts, prayers, platitudes and outrage.
But one outlet, the New York Daily News
, took issue with the rhetoric from Republican politicians, and printed this cover:
It rankled conservatives. So much so that Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick decided to fire up the old InDesign to make his own cover, earning him this week’s Bonehead Quote of the Week in the process. Here's what Patrick tweeted out:
Via Twitter user @DanPatrick
That one could have used a couple more pairs of eyes on it before Patrick hit the “send” button. Perhaps he was so eager to add a few telephone books to his soap box that he didn’t consider how it would look to put the words “14 DEAD IN CALIFORNIA MASS SHOOTING” above the phrase “GOD HEARS OUR PRAYERS.”
Patrick later deleted the tweet, and said on his Facebook page that he was “disappointed by those today who suggested a different meaning to our post on the tragedy yesterday in California.”
“God Hears Our Prayers means we can be reassured that God is always present to hear us as we struggle through the most difficult times in our lives and as we seek him out for peace, comfort and understanding,” Patrick said.
There’s nothing wrong with praying for victims and their families, and for this senseless and tragic rash of violence that plagues the U.S. to end. But what good are they if Patrick and others in power steadfastly refuse to enact laws that make Americans safer?
Patrick would surely refute that by saying they've done exactly that, pointing to laws like the one that will allow handguns to be openly carried, which will be enacted on January 1. Another post to social media yesterday showed that Patrick thinks that more people carrying more guns is the remedy to America's epidemic of mass shootings:
“We need MORE trained, armed citizens — not fewer — to protect themselves and others from terrorists and criminals.”