Thousand Oaks Shooter Mocked ‘Hopes and Prayers’ in Pre-Shooting Facebook Post


The shooter who took the lives of 12 people in Thousand Oaks, California bar posted a Facebook post mocking those who call for “hopes and prayers” after a shooting, according to CNN.

The now-deceased gunman, Ian David Long, 28, was a Marine who compared America’s response to mass shootings to insanity.

“I hope people call me insane.. Wouldn’t that just be a big bowl of irony,” Long wrote around the time he carried out the mass shooting. “Yeah.. I’m insane. But the only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’ or ‘keep you in my thoughts’ … every time… And you wonder why these keep happening.”

Typically after incidents like this week’s shooting, regular Americans, politicians, and celebrities offer their “thoughts and prayers” to the victims, which has turned the phrase into a meme about inaction on gun control.

After reading the shooter’s message on-air, CNN correspondent Nick Walsh noted that “there are also the possibilities of mental illness here.”

“The sheriffs deputies were called to his house in April last year, during an incident he was described as being irate. He was assessed by mental health professionals who did not decide to detain him,” the reporter said. “The sheriff mentioned that PTSD was a consideration there. He of course served a term in Afghanistan back in 2010/2011. But many experts say that PTSD does not necessarily or does not at all lead to this kind of violence.”

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