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) 1506956891.0
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 (@Joe Biden) 1506956499.0
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 (@Hillary Clinton) 1506953077.0
We need to stop the carnage. More talk and prayers will not save lives. Only action and real changes in our laws ca… https://t.co/Xldy9Zfw0w— Senator Ben Cardin (@Senator Ben Cardin) 1506961297.0
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.
@HowardKurtz Would you rather it wait until “#FullAutoFriday” because that’s an actual NRA hashtag?— Ryan Parker (@Ryan Parker) 1506960090.0
@HowardKurtz 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 #maskingforafriend (@lawhawk #maskingforafriend) 1506957970.0
@HowardKurtz In the wake of a tragedy is when everyone tends to buy guns to make themselves feel better. So, no.— Dan Telfer (@Dan Telfer) 1506958614.0
@SarahBurris @KPhed "Can't we just have 9 days before we talk about hurricanes?"— Avery Bullard (@Avery Bullard) 1506964936.0
@HowardKurtz No. We are completely upset seeing humanity terrorised by one with an automatic weapon. It is now time… https://t.co/IyE9tC8ReA— Crinklybum (@Crinklybum) 1506957138.0
@Freefree0Bobbie @HowardKurtz They would be talking about handing them out for FREE @Walmart— Shelley *More Justice More Peace* (@Shelley *More Justice More Peace*) 1506958637.0
@HowardKurtz There are over 50 people who likely would have wished it was a day sooner instead of later.— Ian Fortey Will Make You a Sasquatch (@Ian Fortey Will Make You a Sasquatch) 1506960610.0
@HowardKurtz 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 (@Lily S. Axelrod) 1506957712.0
.@HowardKurtz a few years from now when 10+ dead massacres happen daily: “Could we just have 20 minutes before plun… https://t.co/V144qcMbUY— Charles #GetCovered-ba (@Charles #GetCovered-ba) 1506959718.0
@HowardKurtz Not while the House is trying to push legislation making it easier/faster/cheaper to get silencers. Th… https://t.co/ipumFH1qAV— MyCivicWorkout (@MyCivicWorkout) 1506957975.0
@HowardKurtz No. We have had many days to plunge in & no one has done a damn thing. When is the right time? You sho… https://t.co/yfNSSFTmiT— elissa taub (@elissa taub) 1506957584.0
@HowardKurtz You make this argument every time there is a massacre! And then everyone moves on— Kevin Gunner (@Kevin Gunner) 1506957270.0
@HowardKurtz Because plunging in BEFORE mass shootings has worked so well.— Ron J Hole (@Ron J Hole) 1506957072.0
@HowardKurtz WTF? NEVER is a good time to talk about it with people who DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT!— Pé (@Pé) 1506959621.0
@HowardKurtz The NRA just threw Howie a dog biscuit, rubbed his tummy and said "Who's a good boy?!"— Victor Laszlo (@Victor Laszlo) 1506959121.0
@HowardKurtz Pick the day Howie. Pick it. 273 mass shootings in 272 days this year. So go on. Give us the day to discuss.— trifecta (@trifecta) 1506958497.0
@HowardKurtz When is the time for talking about gun control ?After the nest 58 are dead and 500 more are shot Afte… https://t.co/ZAzOj47YSF— Ellen Reeher Morris (@Ellen Reeher Morris) 1506962574.0
@HowardKurtz No. We owe it to those shot and terrorized to address it as soon as possible. #NowIsTheTime— Ashleigh Axios (@Ashleigh Axios) 1506961878.0
@HowardKurtz NO. The best time to start talking about this was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.— Geoff Butler (@Geoff Butler) 1506959541.0
@HowardKurtz Waiting is what got us here. Stop waiting and do something.— Big Salami Enthusiast (@Big Salami Enthusiast) 1506959501.0
@HowardKurtz Sorry, snowflake, but that's not how mass shootings work in America. If we wait, more people will be s… https://t.co/lRsB8nJ5SI— Kim Carpenter (@Kim Carpenter) 1506962275.0
@HowardKurtz Why, so you can amass more empty thoughts and prayers?— Tara Chipman (@Tara Chipman) 1506962035.0