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People send checks in the amount of "thoughts and prayers" to some NRA backers

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Michael J. Naso @JNaso14

After the mass shooting at a Florida high school on Valentine’s Day which left 17 people dead, including students, many wanted more from National Rifle Association (NRA) proponents than just their “thoughts and prayers,” so they decided if that was the only way NRA supporters would address the issue, that’s how they would pay them.

A check writing movement was born. People displeased with the oft-used term in response to national tragedies began writing checks to legislators who have taken money from the NRA and guns rights groups as campaign contributions.

One person sent a check to Jack Bergman who according to Addicting Info, received $5,000 from the NRA for his campaign.

“Since you and your colleagues in Congress seem to feel this is the solution to mass murder, please accept this contribution,” one woman wrote in a letter, which included a check worth “thoughts and prayers.”

An Ohio woman also made a similar check payable to Senator Rob Portman for the same amount.

“Clearly, you are not thinking and praying hard enough as innocent children continue to be slaughtered in cold blood while they do nothing more than graph a slope of a line.”

This trend has caught on. A parent sent a check to Pat Toomey who sent his “thoughts and prayers” across the ether --  not personally but through a spokesman.

She wrote, “Dear Senator Toomey since you and your colleagues in the Senate see this as the answer to mass murder, please accept my contribution.”

Toomey reportedly received $80,000 from guns rights groups in 2016.

It should be noted that even though this trend is novel, real checks with actual monetary values is probably the best way to make the changes you're looking for in government.