Celebrities are speaking out following this weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, with Reese Witherspoon demanding gun reform and John Legend slamming the “racist venom coming from the president’s mouth.”
After the two shootings left at least 29 people dead, according to media reports, Witherspoon called the violence “unbearable” and urged Congress to pass “common-sense gun laws.”
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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
Though the Big Little Lies star has been criticized in the past by some fans when she’s spoken out about politics — such as her mention of abortion rights during the Kavanaugh hearings — many commenters backed her views on gun reform. Several, however, urged her to put the pressure on the Republican-controlled Senate rather than Congress. And a few disagreed, claiming that this was a matter of “mental health” and “not a gun control issue.”
How many of these “common sense” gun laws will be enough. Firearms ownership currently is regulated by over 18,000 laws. Perhaps it’s not the guns that are the problem???— Jason MS.Ed.L (@Mjaybat2002) August 4, 2019
I love you but, it's NOT a gun control issue. This IS a mental health issue. Think about it and get back to me.— Rockin' Rodney (@rodneywest16) August 4, 2019
Some celebrities also see it as a Trump issue. Chris Evans and John Legend were among the stars blasting Donald Trump for his past statements about immigrants, which Legend — who this week called the president a “racist prick” — condemned as “racist venom.” The singer went on to say Trump “regularly inspires killers” with his rhetoric.
Just a reminder.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 4, 2019
He laughed. Then he made a joke. Then he mugged for the camera as the crowd applauded.
Then he just kept right on talking. https://t.co/21DBmmPew0
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
When we condemn the racist venom coming from the President's mouth and point out the bigotry of his policies, it's not an academic question, it's not a political game, it's about life and death. The President regularly inspires killers. He is a part of the problem— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 4, 2019
Garlic Festival & El Pasco— Cher (@cher) August 4, 2019
Mass Murderers,Both Followed White Supremacist Agenda.
We🙏🏻4 Relatives & Friends Of Killed & Wounded,But What Can We Do To Stop The Carnage,& Protect The Innocent⁉️
MASS SHOOTINGS ARE RISING EXPONENTIALLY. HATE IS INCREASING,WE MUST FIND ANOTHER WAY pic.twitter.com/yI6eVsCQnm
This doesn’t include Dayton because it was posted a whole 6 hours ago.— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) August 4, 2019
My heart. https://t.co/OfxzROMrd6
Mass shootings this year throughout the world.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 4, 2019
Just saw the news. I can’t be funny today. I am so sorry for #ElPaso and sorry for my nation which lacks the backbone to rid itself of this cancer once and for all.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 4, 2019
We have enough information already!Both of the shooters are white supremacist terrorist with intentions to kill minority’s .Law enforcement took rapid action but what are YOU going to do to control some of your RACIST SUPPORTERS? https://t.co/P4iYAJa34L— iamcardib (@iamcardib) August 4, 2019
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