Parkland survivor sends 'thoughts and prayers' to defeated NRA-backed candidates
"Some of the Parkland school shooting survivors who rocketed to fame for their activism against gun violence took to Twitter to rip the NRA and NRA-backed candidates ousted in voting Tuesday.
Among the more widely known to fall was Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., who lost a seat dominated by the GOP since the 1950s. Comstock had drawn an "A" rating from the NRA, a fact not lost on David Hogg and other student advocates from Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. A Valentine's Day attack at the school by a former student left 17 dead and others wounded.
"Bye @BarbaraComstock :)," tweeted David Hogg.
Hogg and other students from the school were a driving force in the “March for Our Lives” rally that drew thousands of protesters to Washington, D.C., and prompted hundreds of other rallies across the nation. He was also part of the group's two-month, summer bus tour aimed at getting out the vote, particularly among youths.
Hogg said he and other protesters once walked passed Comstock's office and "her staffers saw us and slammed the door."
A common theme among the survivors has been outrage at what they consider hypocritical comments by NRA-backed politicians who routinely would offer their "thoughts and prayers" to gun violence victims and their families.
Hogg's sister, Lauren, spun the phrase on Twitter, "Sending my thoughts and prayers to every NRA backed politician tonight. (;" ...
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