Hours after a gunman opened fire inside the offices of Maryland newspaper Capital Gazette, resulting in five deaths and multiple injuries, two reporters from the paper appeared on CNN to discuss what they witnessed and express their thoughts on the horrific shooting.
Gazette writer Phil Davis told anchor Anderson Cooper that when it came to the notion of “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of a tragic mass shooting, he was indeed praying when the shooter went to reload his shotgun as he was hoping there wouldn’t be any more bodies.
“And you know what?” Davis declared. “If we’re going to have a position in our society where all we offer each other is prayers, then where are we? Where are we as a society? Where people die and that’s the end of that story.”
Reporter Selene San Felice picked up where Davis left off, noting cynically that the story of the shooting would only be in the media cycle for less than a week. She went on to state that she really felt that people would blow this shooting off after receiving a news notification on their phones.
She then finished with these thoughts:
“I just don’t know what i want right now. right? But I’m going to need more than a couple days of news coverage and some thoughts and prayers, because it’s — our whole lives have been shattered. And so thanks for your prayers, but I couldn’t give a fuck about them if there’s nothing else.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.