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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey calls on Trump to.... 'Evolve' beyond 'thinking and praying' after shootings

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.



Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey pointed to March For Our Lives activists in a response to President Trump's "thoughts and prayers."

Twitter cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey called on politicians like President Trump who offered "thoughts and prayers" to those impacted by the YouTube headquarters shooting Thursday to do more, saying it's "beyond time to evolve our policies."

In a terse tweet sent in response to one sent by the president, Dorsey linked to "a simple and reasonable approach" to gun control offered by the March For Our Lives movement led by student survivors of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting last month.

"We can’t keep being reactive to this, thinking and praying it won’t happen again at our schools, jobs, or our community spots. It’s beyond time to evolve our policies," Dorsey said. "This is a simple and reasonable approach, and it won’t solve all, but it’s a good start."

Among the "How We Save Lives" list in the link shared by Dorsey, are such ideas as eliminating "absurd restrictions" on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, universal background checks, a high-capacity magazine ban, and "[l]imit firing power on the streets."

The tweet to which Dorsey replied came from Trump, in which he offered "thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved" in the shooting that injured at least four people at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., on Tuesday.

"Was just briefed on the shooting at YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno, California," Trump said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved. Thank you to our phenomenal Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders that are currently on the scene."

The repeated use of "thoughts and prayers" by political leaders in response to mass shootings across the U.S., particularly those with strong pro-gun stances, has birthed a counter-force wave of critics who say these leaders aren't doing enough to make tangible progress in stopping gun violence.



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