A gunman shot and killed 26 people during a Sunday service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
The unidentified man walked inside the church and opened fire just before 11:30 a.m. local time, witnesses said, according to CBS affiliate KENS 5. Before the bodies were even cold, former comedian Chelsea Handler blamed “Republicans” for the tragic massacre at a Texas church on Sunday morning.
Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans. Handler gave no explanation for why she blamed Republicans, although presumably she was referring for many GOP lawmakers’ support of less strict gun control legislation.
Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 5, 2017
The liberal comedian, who hosts a talk show on Netflix, was presumably referring to Republican support for the Second Amendment and opposition to gun-control legislation.
Her commitment to changing the country’s legislation even earned her an award from the Brady Centre to Prevent Gun Violence earlier this year.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporterbefore heading to the awards in June, Handler said America’s stance on guns was “disgusting”.
“Obviously, [the state of] gun control in this country is totally unacceptable, and the gun lobby is so strong and so powerful that anytime a celebrity can bring attention to this cause — among many other [causes] — you know it’s an easy thing for anyone to do,” she said.
“We’re way behind the times in terms of gun control in this country, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Our voices just need to keep getting louder, and the people that make an impact need to really just step up and stick their necks out a little bit more. … We should’ve heightened all of the restrictions on buying guns, and we just loosened restrictions on buying guns, which made it easier for mentally unstable people to purchase firearms. It’s disgusting,” Handler added.
At the time of writing, the tweet had already received over 12,000 likes and 10,000 comments with people either praising or absolutely condemning the comedian.