On Sunday, former US Air Force airman Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire in the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 and injuring 20. Kelley, who had been discharged from the Air Force for assaulting his wife and beating his infant stepson so hard he partially crushed his skull, had a history of violent behavior and was allegedly targeting his mother-in-law, who was not at the church at the time.
There have been many different responses to the shooting, each with varying degrees of appropriateness.
Donald Trump said the shooting is about "mental health."
In February Donald Trump revoked gun checks on people with mental illnesses. Today he blamed a mass shooting on men… https://t.co/KxhIBxf19q— Channel 4 News (@Channel 4 News)1509991202.0
Other politicians' responses were much more traditional.
Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.— Paul Ryan (@Paul Ryan)1509913249.0
A few politicians, however, called out their colleagues for their hypocrisy.
They were in a church that was full of prayers. They need a government who will enact common sense gun laws.… https://t.co/6BmThtiVER— rosanne cash (@rosanne cash)1509920955.0
No response, however, came close to Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt.
.@ainsleyearhardt's silver lining to #TexasChurchMassacre. "There's no other place we would want to go than church… https://t.co/ZDXBunS15n— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1509988604.0
People could not believe their ears.
Good Lord. And not a word about how this shouldn't have happened at all, let alone in a church. I just ... https://t.co/QHgjJnih8C— Stephen Schwartz (@AtomicAnalyst) November 6, 2017
'Actually church is a great place to get shot' is downright dystopian framing that sounds like a ridiculous parody.https://t.co/ylOd19VXDv— Ｄｒｉｎｋ Ｓｐａｃｅｄａｄ Ｃｏｌａ (@SuperSpacedad) November 6, 2017
I really can't find the proper words to express my utter contempt for Fox & Friends. Actually the whole damn network...— Bob Jackson (@bobjacksonNYC) November 6, 2017
That 18-month old was ready for the after-life!— Kyle (@Kentroyals5) November 6, 2017
Does she think temples & mosques are also sacred?— Kristin Koblis (@KKtheExplorer) November 6, 2017
And is that supposed to be comforting? WTF is wrong with these people. I just can't!— SoniaRivera (@nena111971) November 6, 2017
WTF is this?? A 16th century morality play?— Guy Fawkes (@FawkesNews77) November 6, 2017
As opposed to...ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ? HIGH SCHOOL ? WORK ? VEGAS ? — Jessica Ramey-Gillam (@GillamRamey) November 6, 2017
I couldn’t believe my own ears. There’s something on the couch that makes them more stupid than they were to begin with? @ainsleyearhardt— JAS16AZ (@JAS16AZ) November 6, 2017
So I guess I’ll die at THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY. pic.twitter.com/tfOEelIFDB— ? Chico Cat (@ChicoCat3) November 6, 2017
No other place? Maybe bite your tongue the next time you want to weigh in on a mass shooting that left 26 dead and 20 injured.
The movies? The mall? A nightclub?— TrudyM (@TrudyM11) November 6, 2017