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READ: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tweets ‘What Good Are Your Thoughts & Prayers When They Don’t Even Keep the Pews Safe?’

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Democratic of the 14th congressional district of the House Of Representatives addresses the crowd with a passionate speech to kick off the 3rd Annual Woman's March in the borough of Manhattan in NY on January 19, 2019, USA. Demonstrators holding signs behind her that say "End Proverty", "Immigration Rights" and "Green New Deal". The rally took place 2 years after the inauguration of President Donald Trump thousands gather to protest equal rights at the 2019 Women's March. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) criticized the National Rifle Association (NRA) after at least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“What good are your thoughts and prayers when they don’t keep the pews safe?” wrote the freshman Congresswoman, directly referencing the deadly shootings at a Charleston, South Carolina church, a Pittsburgh synagogue and a Sutherland Springs, Texas church.

Ocasio-Cortez clarified that “thoughts and prayers” is a reference to the NRA phrase “used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies.” She added that she is an admirer of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The NRA does not operate in New Zealand, which has some of the toughest gun laws on record, but Ocasio-Cortez’s statement took direct aim at the organization and those who have vigorously condemned the attack while failing to address a spate of regular gun violence that happens stateside.

And although Ocasio-Cortez’s comments received significant criticism from people accusing her of attempting to score political points, many concurred with her assessment that the phrase “thoughts and prayers” is reductive.

Ocasio-Cortez later called on communities to “come together, fight for each other and stand up for neighbors.”

“Isolation, dehumanizing stereotypes, hysterical conspiracy theories & hatred ultimately lead to the anarchy of violence,” she added. “We cannot stand for it.”

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