Underneath, it said: "As latest batch of innocent Americans are left lying in pools of blood, cowards who could truly end gun scourge continue to hide behind meaningless platitudes."
Igor Volsky, contributing editor for political website Think Progress, tweeted that numerous lawmakers expressing “thoughts and prayers” had previously received thousands of dollars from the National Rifle Association or had voted against gun reforms such as expanded background checks.
Got $7,450 from NRA during the 2014 election cycle to address gun violence by "praying for peace" https://t.co/RsVMK3u2ju
And some pointed out that President Barack Obama, who has expressed frustration at Congress over its unwillingness to consider gun controls, had tweeted his “thoughts and prayers” in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo gun attack in Paris on Jan. 7.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France" —President Obama pic.twitter.com/ZzVOyGNzfK