Celebrities from across Hollywood are demanding more gun control following two mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.
“When I went to bed last night hundreds of @MomsDemand volunteers were marching in DC following the horrific shooting in #elpaso,” wrote actress Julianne Moore. “When I woke up, there had been another tragic shooting in #Dayton. My outrage is exhausted, replaced by resolve to #EndGunViolence.”
When I went to bed last night hundreds of @MomsDemand volunteers were marching in DC following the horrific shooting in #elpaso. When I woke up, there had been another tragic shooting in #Dayton. My outrage is exhausted, replaced by resolve to #EndGunViolence. @Everytown 🧡💔 https://t.co/o8kjrEEnra
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) August 4, 2019
In both shootings, the gunmen allegedly used high powered rifles, allowing them to open fire on a large number of people in a short amount of time. In Dayton, nine people were killed and 27 others were injured, and in El Paso 20 people were killed and 26 others were injured. The mass murders also come on the heels of a third shooting earlier this week at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. There, three people were killed and 15 others were injured.
“Who has to die for laws to change,” questioned Lili Reinhart on Twitter. “I am sick to my stomach over what has happened in El Paso today. I can’t believe this is happening in my country and no one is doing anything about it,” she said.
I am sick to my stomach over what has happened in El Paso today. I can’t believe this is happening in my country and no one is doing anything about it. Who has to die for laws to change?
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) August 3, 2019
John Legend echoed a similar sentiment, condemning white nationalism and calling the shooters “terrorists.”
“My heart aches for El Paso and Dayton. Our nation is experiencing these traumas far too often and we need our leaders to take urgent action. Take these weapons of war off the street and fight the evil ideology of white nationalism that motivates many of these terrorists.”
“It’s not an academic question, it’s not a political game, it’s about life and death,” Legend continued in another tweet. “The President regularly inspires killers. He is a part of the problem.”
My heart aches for El Paso and Dayton. Our nation is experiencing these traumas far too often and we need our leaders to take urgent action: take these weapons of war off the street and fight the evil ideology of white nationalism that motivates many of these terrorists.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 4, 2019
Rihanna also slammed President Trump, screenshotting one of his tweets and writing, “Imagine a world where it’s easier to get an AK-47 than a VISA!
Imagine a world where they build a wall to keep terrorists IN AMERICA!!!” And Twitter seems to agree as #trumpsterrorists and #whitesupremacistterrorism continue to trend in America.
Jamie Lee took a simpler approach, tweeting the phrase “Assaultweaponsban” over and over again in a single post. Curtis also retweeted a statement from the Human Rights Campaign, which lists out all the major shootings in recent history. “#EnoughIsEnough. We need commonsense gun violence prevention legislation now. #DaytonStrong #ElPasoStrong,” the tweet reads.
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Bette Midler agreed, writing “America, we are at war with ourselves. Another mass shooting, this one in Dayton, Ohio. Let’s just call it what it is. #domesticterrorism.”
America, we are at war with ourselves. Another mass shooting, this one in Dayton, Ohio. Let’s just call it what it is. #domesticterrorism
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) August 4, 2019
Neil deGrasse Tyson offered a different take on the situation, pointing to higher rates of fatality in a number of other cases such as medical errors, flu and suicide. However, he faced widespread backlash for his statement with many calling the tweet insensitive. “Even more people die of natural causes, but does this mean that mass murder doesn’t matter?,” responded one Twitter user.
In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings.
On average, across any 48hrs, we also lose…
500 to Medical errors
300 to the Flu
250 to Suicide
200 to Car Accidents
40 to Homicide via Handgun
Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 4, 2019
See more reactions below:
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 4, 2019
SO ..Shootings are now hourly .. We are getting so good at them .. and our representatives say nothing ..They are good at that too
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) August 3, 2019
Woke up to the news of #DaytonOH shooting. This senseless loss of life is unbearable. When will our US representatives give the people of this country the common sense gun laws we are all demanding? I’m calling my congressman. Again. @Everytown
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) August 4, 2019
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) August 4, 2019
When are we all going to admit that the biggest threat to Americans, terrorist or not, is ANGRY, WHITE MEN with guns?
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) August 4, 2019
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) August 4, 2019
Love waking up and having to check that my Cousins who live near Dayton weren’t executed last night
Thinking about those who weren’t that lucky. I love you Dayton, stay strong. Sorry that America has let you down
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) August 4, 2019
The Repub Party will do nothing to stop mass shootings
(even though clearly there are things that can be done)
because the billionaires who own the party never ever want government to “work.”
The whole idea of the GOP is to divide & dispirit the people.#DoSomething
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) August 4, 2019
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— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) August 3, 2019
this is scary man, praying for everyone in El Paso
— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) August 3, 2019
I have a question.
While it’s not for me, I get why people might want to legally own a rifle for hunting or a hand gun for home protection. But why do we allow civilians to purchase assault weapons? What do we expect they’ll be used for besides the heartbreaking obvious?
— Lauren Graham (@thelaurengraham) August 3, 2019
Weapons of war used in department stores in America. Will it ever stop? Congress doesn't even try anymore, it's thoughts and prayers and back to the same fucking thing. So goddam depressing.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) August 4, 2019
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— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) August 4, 2019
This is a nightmare that never ends. Hey! Let’s be exactly like NZ & Australia and ban these weapons designed to slaughter as many humans as possible. Get the pieces of do nothing shit out of office. Everyone vote. And a big F U to anyone who disagrees with sanity. We are done.
— Kristen Schaal (@kristenschaaled) August 4, 2019
Woke up to another shooting. Clip had TONS of gunshots, but thank heavens it bleeped the witness saying "Oh S#!T." So–that's where we're at. Wouldn't want my son to grow up somewhere where he might hear "Oh S#!T!"
— Thomas Lennon (@thomaslennon) August 4, 2019
Why are you horrified? This is exactly the sort of thing that you, ESPECIALLY and SPECIFICALLY you, facilitate. It’s your cowardly self-interest that keeps these massacres happening. Keep your prayers. You don’t get to mourn. You only should feel shame, you empty greedy ghoul. pic.twitter.com/h7gVrU5Kvp
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) August 4, 2019