The National Rifle Association was taunted on late night TV and Twitter with an empty platitude often used by politicians in the wake of mass shootings after New York Attorney General Letitia James sought to dissolve the gun lobbying group over alleged financial misconduct.
“Wow, the NRA as we know it could be gone,” said “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon in response to Thursday’s announcement.
“Ah. Thoughts and prayers,” the comedian quipped.
“We’ll work on helping, but not now, it’s just too soon,” Fallon added, echoing another comment often spouted by politicians following mass killings.
Check out Fallon’s monologue here:
Twitter users also chimed in, led by David Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
We should paint thoughts and prayers on the street in front of the NRA’s headquarters— David Hogg Text “our power” to 954-954 (@davidhogg111) August 6, 2020
As a new lawsuit threatens to dissolve the NRA, lawyers for the organisation are devastated to learn that thoughts and prayers are inadmissible in court.— Have I Got News For You (@haveigotnews) August 7, 2020
BREAKING: New York AG sues to dissolve the NRA.— Andy Slavitt @ (@ASlavitt) August 6, 2020
Thoughts and prayers.
I can’t believe we are finding out that the organization that is responsible for all of our nation’s school shootings and murdered children—is corrupt and abusive. My thoughts and prayers to you guys at the NRA. Maybe you guys can pivot to something more relaxing, like cannabis.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) August 6, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to the NRA. In Washington, we will continue to fight for commonsense gun safety. https://t.co/qj8Ivx4XZ0— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) August 6, 2020
The NY AG just sued to dissolve the NRA.