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Rep. Ilhan Omar responds to Poway synagogue shooting: 'No more thoughts and prayers'

'Love is the answer, love is the way and yes less gun!'

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Controversial Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has been accused of anti-Semitism, responded to the tragic shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue in California by calling for "no more thoughts and prayers."

The shooting, which left one dead and three injured, came during a Passover service on the final day of Passover.

What did she say?

Omar said that "love is the answer" to shooting tragedies — as well as fewer firearms, an obvious nod to gun control.

Completing the tweet, Omar posted the hashtag "nomorethoughtsandprayers."

Omar's rebuke of "thoughts and prayers" is a thinly-veiled slight against those who offer condolences via thoughts and prayers. Politically speaking, gun control advocates denounce "thoughts and prayers" as powerless and devoid of meaning, a suggestion that gun control is the only appropriate response to shooting tragedies.

Earlier in the day, Omar said news of the shooting was "breaking" her heart. In the same message, Omar said that America "must confront the terrifying rise of religious hate and violence" and that "love trumps hate."

What was the reaction?

Because Omar has been accused of spreading anti-Semitism through repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes, she was widely rebuked for her denunciation of thoughts and prayers.

"[Y]ou do realize people were shot at in their place of prayer and you're saying '#nomorethoughtsandprayers,'" one person told Omar.

"Guns are not the problem, remember the people that did something? they killed thousands without a bullet. The people that did something in Nice? Almost 100 killed without pulling a trigger, love is not using an attack to promote your anti gun agenda #nomorethoughtsandprayers," another person said.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Democrat was similarly scolded for her initial reaction to Saturday's shooting in which she said her heart was "breaking."

"You say anti Semitic things all day long you and your speech causes people to act in violent ways towards Jews. Now all of a sudden because a WHITE man shot up a synagogue with an AR rifle you all of a sudden care about the Jewish community. We don't need your fake sympathy," one person told Omar.

One last thing…
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