In the aftermath of yet another tragic American mass shooting — the second mass shooting that has killed more than 20 people in just over a month — policymakers and influential political figures are once again offering their thoughts and prayers to those affected by the tragedy, without actually committing to implementing policy that could stop these events from occurring in the first place. One such influential figure, Ivanka Trump, responded to the Texas shooting in similar fashion.
"God bless the people of Sutherland Springs, TX," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Our country’s hearts are breaking for the victims & their families. We love & are with you!
Critics on Twitter were quick to point out that Ivanka's condolences mean very little when the First Daughter and senior advisor to the President has not advocated for gun control legislation in the past, or spoken out about gun violence except to offer sympathy in the wake of national tragedies.
"Does daddy know your heart breaks for victims of gun violence," one user wrote. "Because maybe ... something can be done about gun control." Another user responded, "How about telling our congress to stop protecting #NRA and start protecting the Americans being gunned down in church."
Trump, who is a member of her father's administration and even has her own West Wing office, has offered blessings and prayers to victims of numerous violent incidents over the past few years, but has not given any specific policy recommendations for how to create change. Given that so many gun-related deaths continue to occur in the United States with alarming frequency, many believe that her response is growing stale.
In fact, here are a few times Trump has given a similar response to violent attacks.