"Thoughts and prayers" poured in from Senator Rob Portman, who benefited from more than $500,000 the NRA spent on his behalf in re-election campaigns, and who has previously voted against a ban on high-capacity magazines; Dave Yost, who is full-throated in his opposition to gun control; and Jim Renacci, a self-described staunch supporter of the Second Amendment who has raked in contributions from the NRA, of which he is also a member. Josh Mandel, who enjoys the full endorsement of the Buckeye Firearm Association, has yet to weigh in, but he did get some shooting time in this weekend.
Their hollow words are below.
We are praying for those taken from us, their families & all those injured in this attack.— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) October 2, 2017
I'm struggling with words to respond to last night's tragedy. My heart breaks for the families & friends of those impacted.— Rep. Jim Renacci (@RepJimRenacci) October 2, 2017
Horrified at the news from Las Vegas.— Dave Yost (@Yost4Ohio) October 2, 2017
Modest proposal: focus today on the suffering, save the hot takes for another day.