Fox News host Howard Kurtz was quick to slam Democrats for talking about sensible gun control after the Las Vegas shooting death toll increased to make it the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.
“Gun control is a legitimate issue, but for the Dems already raising it after Las Vegas massacre, could we just have a day before plunging in,” Kurtz tweeted Monday morning.
Gun control is a legitimate issue, but for the Dems already raising it after Las Vegas massacre, could we just have a day before plunging in
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) October 2, 2017
As a fact check, there is a mass shooting nearly every day in the United States. Out of the 275 days that have passed so far in 2017, Sunday’s shooting at Mandalay Bay was one of 273 shootings in the country.
Leading Democrats echoed “thoughts and prayers” that come with every shooting, but also demanded that Congress and the White House do something to stop them.
How long do we let gun violence tear families apart? Enough. Congress & the WH should act now to save lives. There's no excuse for inaction.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 2, 2017
Our grief isn't enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017
As members of Congress, all of us have a reasonability to enact legislation that ensures the safety of our constituents. #LasVegas
— Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) October 2, 2017
— Senator Ben Cardin (@SenatorCardin) October 2, 2017
The internet was quick to call out Kurtz for his statement, asking how he can continue to make such a declaration after so many mass shootings.
Would you rather it wait until “#FullAutoFriday” because that’s an actual NRA hashtag?
— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) October 2, 2017
Your claptrap is precisely the reason no action has been taken in decades to tighten the all too easy access to guns in the US.
— lawhawk (@lawhawk) October 2, 2017
In the wake of a tragedy is when everyone tends to buy guns to make themselves feel better. So, no.
— Dan Telfer (@dantelfer) October 2, 2017
"Can't we just have 9 days before we talk about hurricanes?"
— Avery Bullard (@averybullard) October 2, 2017
No. We are completely upset seeing humanity terrorised by one with an automatic weapon. It is now time to do not pause! #stopNRA
— Crinklybum (@KayPennay) October 2, 2017
They would be talking about handing them out for FREE @Walmart
— shelley (@persisting2017) October 2, 2017
There are over 50 people who likely would have wished it was a day sooner instead of later.
— Ian Fortey (@IanFortey) October 2, 2017
No fuck you, it’s been many days since Sandy Hook and Pulse and if anything now it’s even easier to buy a gun.
— Jeremy Wein (@thismyshow) October 2, 2017
Maybe we could "just have a day" if a day would ever pass in America without an innocent life lost to gun violence.
— Lily S. Axelrod (@LilySAxelrod) October 2, 2017
— ☪️ Charles Gaba ✡️ (@charles_gaba) October 2, 2017
Not while the House is trying to push legislation making it easier/faster/cheaper to get silencers. They won't wait. Why should we?
— MyCivicWorkout (@MyCivicWorkout) October 2, 2017
No. We have had many days to plunge in & no one has done a damn thing. When is the right time? You should be ashamed for even thinking this.
— elissa taub (@ejtaub) October 2, 2017
You make this argument every time there is a massacre! And then everyone moves on
— Kevin Smith (@kevinsmith1211) October 2, 2017
Because plunging in BEFORE mass shootings has worked so well.
— Ron J Hole (@ronh_pm) October 2, 2017
WTF? NEVER is a good time to talk about it with people who DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT!
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) October 2, 2017
The NRA just threw Howie a dog biscuit, rubbed his tummy and said "Who's a good boy?!"
— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) October 2, 2017
Pick the day Howie. Pick it. 273 mass shootings in 272 days this year. So go on. Give us the day to discuss.
— trifecta (@3fecta) October 2, 2017
Fuck your day.
— Joe Berkowitz (@JoeBerkowitz) October 2, 2017
Why? What diff does a day make except to give you & yours time to whine about the #2a. We should talk about this EVERYDAY.
— Amy (@TreeSass) October 2, 2017
if you actually cared moments like this in the past would have had "a day" followed by action.
the right doesn't care. spare us who do.
— Kevin Phelan (@KPhed) October 2, 2017
When is the time for talking about gun control ?After the nest 58 are dead and 500 more are shot After the next mass school shooting
— Ellen Reeher Morris (@EllenMorris1222) October 2, 2017
Just a day? What if there's another shooting tomorrow? And the day after that? And the day after that? Because that's what's happening now.
— Tom Shafer (@TomShafShafer) October 2, 2017
No. We owe it to those shot and terrorized to address it as soon as possible.#NowIsTheTime
— Ashleigh Axios (@AshleighAxios) October 2, 2017
Did all those innocent people in LV have a day? Sandy Hook kids? People at the club in Orlando? No. So, no. We cannot take even a minute.
— Lisa Stander Horel (@GFCanteen) October 2, 2017
Oh, is it not "the right time" yet? Assholes who think gun restrictions are stupid don't get to decide that.
— Kay Reindl 🍳 (@KayReindl) October 2, 2017
NO. The best time to start talking about this was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.
— Geoff Butler (@TVGeoffB) October 2, 2017
a day to do what
— Jay Willis (@jaywillis) October 2, 2017
Waiting is what got us here. Stop waiting and do something.
— U bum (@Caitie5th) October 2, 2017
Not if we value human life.
— Voltaic Garden 🚮 (@JbarGarden) October 2, 2017
Sorry, snowflake, but that's not how mass shootings work in America. If we wait, more people will be shot. pic.twitter.com/4mRYZXWE0Z
— Kim Carpenter (@littlebitocd) October 2, 2017
Why, so you can amass more empty thoughts and prayers?
— Tara Chipman (@Tarisbc) October 2, 2017
When is the right time then? Because it certainly wasn’t after children were murdered, so when?
We’re screwed up.
— Jeremy Ricci (@TheJeremyRicci) October 2, 2017
— Christopher Price (@topherchris) October 2, 2017