Celebrities Calling for Gun Control, and a Look at Recent History
The entire country is reeling from last week’s mass shootings, and the people want change.
When is enough, enough?
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These are all FACTS. Swipe through. Read the article (link also in my bio). Enough is enough. ENOUGH. IS. ENOUGH. https://everytownresearch.org/gun-violence-america/ My heart is broken for the families in #ElPaso. This is #DomesticTerrorism. White supremacy is terrorism. Period.
Many, many people have been begging for stricter gun control laws for months, if not years, now.
According to CBS News and the Gun Violence Archive, there have been more mass shootings in 2019 than there have been days, with August 5th landing the United States at 255 shootings while only being day number 217 of the calendar year.
In early 2017, Mr. Trump signed a bill revoking Obama-era legislation that required background checks for mentally ill people when purchasing guns.
But now Trump is blaming the past mass shootings on the mentally ill. It’s probably worth it to note that he has also spent the past two years making it much more difficult for people to get healthcare—this includes mental healthcare.
To everyone wrongfully blaming these massacres on mental illness—a reminder for you:
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 5, 2019
Many celebrities took to Twitter to express the need for gun control and their feelings regarding the recent shootings.
1 mass shooting, 2, 3, 4…250 mass shootings throughout the year & no action taken for #guncontrol. This has been normalized so we have officially surpassed the definition of insanity at this point. @chrisrock’s joke from like a decade ago “if bullets cost a thousand dollars…”
— Laura Gómez (@MsLauraGomez) August 4, 2019
Any member of congress who is not actively in the fight for gun safety reform, is not fit to represent us. Period. The inaction is reprehensible. 2 mass shootings in 24 hours? We simply can’t stand by and let this continue to happen. #VoteThemOut
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) August 4, 2019
.@senatemajldr if you and Elaine REALLY cared you would bring the Bipartisan Background Checks Act up for a vote. Imagine the lives you could save if you did. @MomsDemand @Everytown #elpasotexas https://t.co/H6IbZtczCN
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) August 4, 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
At a loss for words in light of the tragic loss of life in El Paso & Dayton
all I can say is: HOW DARE YOU KILL MY FAMILY pic.twitter.com/1siVpA9Z0l
— Yara shahidi (@YaraShahidi) August 6, 2019
In February 2019, the House of Representatives passed legislation requiring universal background checks for gun purchases. This was considered to be the most meaningful gun legislation to have been passed since assault weapons were federally banned in 1994. But the Senate still refuses to vote on the legislation in order to pass it.
.@senatemajldr McConnell has had 200+ days to pass gun laws & save lives.
In 24 hours, 29 people were killed in mass shootings & on average 100 Americans will be fatally shot every day the Senate fails to act.
— Everytown (@Everytown) August 4, 2019
Trump has run almost 2,200 Facebook ads, since May 2018, using the word “invasion” when referring to Latinxs.
The overall atmosphere of the country doesn’t seem to feel the way it did a few years ago. Many people are begging Trump to take responsibility for the words he uses and how he is inspiring his followers to be violent.
Maybe it’s time for everyone to triple-check their voter registrations and make sure they can vote in the upcoming elections. Check your state’s voter information for when your statewide primary or caucus is. HERE is a useful website to find out when they are. Keep in mind that almost 20 million voters were purged from voter registration rolls recently and that you need to check the status of your registration. Only a few states allow people to register on the same day as voting.