As politicians responded to America's latest mass-shooting in San Bernadino, California, with an outpouring of cliches, a tabloid newspaper has been applauded for "nailing" the sentiment of a nation never out of mourning.
A shooting on Wednesday at a county employee holiday party at the Inland Regional Centre - reportedly by a couple - left 14 dead and 17 wounded. The couple, named Syed Farook and Tashfeen Melik, later died in a fire fight with police. The incident is said to have been the 335th mass shooting in the US this year.
The New York Daily News' front page headline on Thursday read "God isn't fixing this," which referred to the many lawmakers who have offered prayers for the victims but failed to act to end gun violence.
The cover highlighted tweets from several GOP presidential candidates, many of whom immediately offered thoughts and prayers after the massacre, as well as after previous instances of gun violence, but continually refuse to support gun-control legislation that could prevent future mass shootings. They included Ted Cruz and Doctor Rand Paul.
An early look at tomorrow’s front page…December 3, 2015
Correct. https://t.co/a5c3KiVGEK— God (@TheTweetOfGod) December 3, 2015
This might be the most on point Front Page I have ever seen.December 3, 2015
From Paris to San Bernadino, the message should be clear: Prayer is not enough: The New York Daily News nailed... https://t.co/PFNeoJw5At— Buddhist Follower (@JT_Buddhism) December 3, 2015
Some found it offensive, but they were soon ridiculed.
@NYDailyNews I don't think you realize how offensive that cover is.— Mollie (@MZHemingway) December 3, 2015
While another Twitter user said, it was all a matter of perception.
The shootings sparked the usual condemnation, and calls for a clamp down on gun controls.
Our prayers are with the victims, their families, and the first responders in San Bernardino who willingly go into harm’s way to save others— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 2, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and brave first responders during this unspeakable tragedy.— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 2, 2015
I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now. -H https://t.co/SkKglwQycb— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 2, 2015
Once again our hearts ache to see a mass shooting. My heart is with the victims, their families and the people of my state.— Sen. Barbara Boxer (@SenatorBoxer) December 2, 2015
I’m monitoring the shooting in San Bernardino closely. Absolutely heartbreaking that we’re faced with another mass shooting.— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) December 2, 2015
Each time I see news of another mass shooting, I feel it in the pit of my stomach. My heart is with San Bernardino. https://t.co/5ObfUmajSg— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) December 2, 2015
My deepest sympathies and prayers for the families affected by this horrific attack and for an end to this violence.— Pete Aguilar (@RepPeteAguilar) December 2, 2015
My heart aches that the out-of-control gun violence epidemic has come to our community. 3/3— Pete Aguilar (@RepPeteAguilar) December 2, 2015
Oh god. Not again. #SanBernardino— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 2, 2015
Your "thoughts" should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your "prayers" should be for forgiveness if you do nothing - again.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 2, 2015
The New York Daily News is not afraid to call attention to gun violence in provocative ways. In August, the paper published graphic images of the shooting of two Virginia journalists, a decision that many readers condemned.
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