California massacre: The two front pages dividing America

TWO front pages covering California's mass shooting attacks have divided Americans and sparked fierce online debate.

One blames God. The other Muslims.

The New York Daily News front page "God Isn't Fixing This" put the blame squarely at the feet of politicians who took to twitter espousing 'prayers' for the victims after the slaughter of 14 people at a centre for disabled people.

Almost 80% of the US population identify as Christian.

The Republican Party, which wins more support from the Christian lobby than Democrats, has been fiercely against tighter gun controls over the years, despite the US' shocking record of mass shootings.

"Prayers aren't working," the front page of the New York paper says.

"As latest batch of innocent Americans are left lying in pools of blood, cowards who could truly end gun scourge continue to hide behind meaningless platitudes."

The story detailed the differing response to the massacre by Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. 

While the former immediately called for stricter gun laws, the latter "were conspicuously silent on the issue of gun control," it said.

Of the 30,000-plus people killed by firearms each year in the United States, more than 11,000 of those are homicides.  That's 30 a day.

The San Bernardino massacre marked the 353rd mass shooting in America this year alone, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker.

Another front page which has sparked just as much debate is the New York Post which labels the shooters Muslim Killers, even before authorities have clearly established any motive for the attack.

The married couple at the centre of the shooting are said to be of Muslim faith.

But their actions have been denounced by family members.

The New York Post front page has been condemned by many on Twitter, saying it will only fuel hatred towards Muslims.

Critics have highlighted the fact that the man involved in last week's Colorado shooting was not labelled a 'Christian killer' in coverage.

Experts are also warning that sensational media coverage could also drive more Muslim extremist activity by those who are already feeling alienated.

Authorities say they are exploring a range of possible motives for the attack.