Democratic Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego criticized Sinema for tweeting she was “horrified and heartbroken by the senseless tragedy” and that “no families should ever have to fear violence in their children’s schools.”
“Please just stop,” Gallego wrote in a retweet of her post Tuesday. “Unless you are willing to break the filibuster to actually pass sensible gun control measures you might as well just say ‘thoughts and prayers.’”
In the wake of the shooting, several Democrats called on Congress to pass gun control legislation, but the passage of any bill remains unlikely due to the Senate filibuster, The Hill reported. Sinema has consistently stated her opposition to changing any aspect of the filibuster, despite pressure from Democratic colleagues.
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told colleagues on the Senate Floor Wednesday that gun control legislation would not be brought forward in the near future because he did not expect enough Republican votes to pass anything, The Hill reported.