‘Thoughts & prayers’: Twitter laughs as NRA bleeds out financially
As it turns out, the coffee is not so ‘bulletproof’ at the NRA after all. Non-profit The Truce revealed the NRA would no longer provide it for its staff for free and the Twitter community was quick to offer their ‘thoughts and prayers.’
Thoughts and parayers go out to them. If that's good enough for a school massacre, it's more than sufficient here.— Parabolicarc.com (@spacecom) November 16, 2018
The parody of the condolences usually offered in the wake of a mass shooting was accompanied by some scathing comments.
Free coffee and water coolers have been axed (or sniped?) at the NRA’s Virginia headquarters as a last-ditch austerity measure. Rolling Stone recently reported that the NRA’s financials were so bad that they may well pose an existential threat to the second amendment stalwart.
Thoughts and prayers to the NRA. pic.twitter.com/7eTjuFKSg2— SerenaVR (@LongLiveRHS) November 16, 2018
They started by eliminating the “Bulletproof Coffee” and replacing it with thoughts and prayers.— Jim Patton (@Tall_James) November 15, 2018
Revenue from membership dues fell by $35 million in 2017, producing a knock-on effect on the organization’s ability to canvas during the midterm elections. Indeed, the group even had to increase its membership dues for the second time in as many years just to stay afloat and continue campaigning.
Gonna have to have Starbucks coffee in holiday cups? HOW WILL THEY SURVIVE— Carly (@nuclearcarly) November 15, 2018
As the NRA bleeds out, many on Twitter have seized the opportunity to deride the often embattled gun rights organization with the same empty phrase used to comfort victims’ families after mass shootings, with the #thoughtsandprayers trending on the social media platform though not for the same reasons as usual.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. So sad you don’t have free coffee. Some parents don’t get to see their children anymore.— Beth Ann Mayer (@BAMayer427) November 16, 2018
Sending thoughts and prayers, but definitely not policy change, to the NRA during this difficult time. https://t.co/kIJznLiAcj— Jordyn Rowland (@RowlandJordyn) November 16, 2018
In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, the Borderline Bar shooting in California and combined with its ongoing legal battles including facing off against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over the group’s insurance plan it affords members, it appears the notorious gun rights group is now a shadow of its former self.
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