19/02/2018 07:17 SAST | Updated 19/02/2018 07:17 SAST

Neil deGrasse Tyson Weighs The Scientific Data For Prayers vs. Guns

The famed astrophysicist looks at the evidence.

In wake of last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school, Neil deGrasse Tyson has weighed in on politicians offering prayers instead of proposing legislation.

The astrophysicist, author, podcaster, TV host and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York tweeted on Friday:

The viral tweet drew more than 360,000 "likes" and was retweeted more than 144,000 times.

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