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After yet another mass shooting, some Senate Democrats call for action, but many avoid specifics

By Christopher Ingraham

Joe Zevuloni wipes a tear while visiting a makeshift memorial in Pine Trails Park for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 16 in Parkland, Fla. Seventeen people were killed. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

While Republican lawmakers have faced criticism for rote offerings of “thoughts and prayers” in response to mass shootings, Democratic lawmakers have begun to adopt something of a boilerplate response of their own to national gun tragedies.

See if you can spot it in the Democratic senators’ statements below.

Here’s Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin:

My heart breaks for the victims of senseless gun violence in Broward County. This is yet another school shooting and another tragedy our nation must confront.

— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) February 14, 2018

Here’s Oregon’s Ron Wyden:

I’m devastated by the mass shooting of students in Florida. This senseless violence will repeat itself again and again unless Congress does something about it.

— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) February 15, 2018

Spotting the pattern yet? I’ll give you one more: Sen. Christopher A. Coons of Delaware:

Absolutely heartbroken by yet another school shooting, this time in Parkland, Florida.

My thoughts and prayers are with all the students and families there.

We cannot simply stand by and fail to act as this continues to happen in this country.

— Senator Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons) February 14, 2018

The common thread uniting these sentiments is a call for action: “another tragedy our nation must confront,” “unless Congress does something about it,” “We cannot simply stand by and fail to act.”

What’s missing from these Democratic statements, however, is any mention of which specific actions Congress could take to stem the carnage.

Wonkblog scoured the Twitter feeds and news releases of the 49 senators in the Democratic caucus to see how …read more

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