Celebrities Call For Gun Reform After Mass Shootings In El Paso, TX & Dayton, OH

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On Saturday and Sunday morning, a combined total of 29 people died after mass shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH, respectively. In an El Paso Walmart, 20 people were killed and over two dozen injured. In Dayton, nine people were killed and 27 injured early Sunday morning at a neighborhood bar in the city’s Oregon District. The two tragedies bring America to a total of 251 mass shootings so far this year, according to Gun Violence Archive (the organization defines a mass shooting as one that kills at least four people).
Many Americans are using social media to express that it’s time to end gun violence — and that it’s time for our leaders to do something. Celebrities including Rihanna, Lili Reinhart, Nick Jonas, and Reese Witherspoon shared their sympathies for the victims of these deadly shootings and their desire for gun control law reform on Twitter and Instagram.
Armie Hammer pointed to another problem: the expensive medical bills that shooting survivors end up having to pay.
Chelsea Peretti pushed Walmart, who are historically, one of America’s largest and most accessible gun retailers, and the site of the El Paso shooting, to join the fight for gun reform.
Others, like John Legend and Gigi Hadid, are directly addressing and blaming President Donald Trump. Hadid went on Instagram to post the definition of stochastic terrorism, underlining the words “the use of mass public communication...which incites or inspires acts of terrorism.” In red, she wrote, “@realdonaldtrump.”
John Legend reshared a video about how Trump inspires white supremacy in America. “The President regularly inspires killers,” Legend added. “He is part of the problem.”

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