Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quickly tweeted out her thoughts on Friday about the terror attack that killed 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand.
She initially tweeted in part: “What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?” which she said was a “reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies.”

Some pushed back on her message, accusing her of “mocking” prayer and politicizing the tragedy.
Ocasio-Cortez then pivoted to attacking white supremacy, and called on Americans — and particularly white people — to do more to fight radicalization.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter on Friday in the immediate aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack that targeted two mosques — where at least 49 people were murdered, included young children — in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

While news of the attack was breaking early Friday morning, the lawmaker eschewed the standard statement condemning violence and offering condolences that politicians often deliver following similar attacks.

Instead, the 29-year-old Democrat responded in her typically unfiltered style with a series of impromptu tweets.

She compared the attack to recent mass shootings in American places of worship, naming the church shootings in Charleston, South Carolina and Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And she questioned the response that many politicians and pro-gun activists often have to mass shootings.

“At 1st I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore,'” she wrote. “But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs. What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?”

At 1st I thought of saying, “Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.”

But I couldn’t say “imagine.”

Because of Charleston.
Pittsburgh.
Sutherland Springs.

What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?pic.twitter.com/2mSw0azDN8

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 15, 2019

After receiving some pushback to what was perceived as insensitivity to the Muslim victims slain at their place of prayer and worship, Ocasio-Cortez clarified that the National Rifle Association was the intended recipient of her criticism.

Read more: ‘ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S DARKEST DAYS’: At least 49 people killed in mass shootings at 2 mosques in Christchurch

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Source:: Business Insider

      

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacked the NRA immediately after the New Zealand terror attack, then pivoted amid pushback

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