John Legend, Cardi B & More Celebrities React To Dayton, El Paso Shootings
By Regina Star
August 4, 2019
Cardi B, John Legend, Reese Witherspoon, and Cher are among the lot of celebrities speaking out in the wake of the deadly shootings that happened in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and claimed 29 lives over the weekend.
The first shooting occurred at a Walmart on Saturday in El Paso when 21-year-old gunman Patrick Crusius walked into the store and unloaded his rifle at customers, kill 20 people and injuring 26 others. The second tragedy, which struck nearly 13 hours later in Dayton, resulted in 27 victims wounded and nine people were killed in addition to 24-year-old gunman Connor Betts, who opened fire in the Oregon District of Dayton.
Now, in a massive outcry on social media in response to the fatal events, stars are demanding change and urgent action to be taken to ensure the safety of our nation.
"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," R&B musician Legend pled in tweet. In another, Cher added: "What Can We Do To Stop The Carnage,& Protect The Innocent. MASS SHOOTINGS ARE RISING EXPONENTIALLY. HATE IS INCREASING,WE MUST FIND ANOTHER WAY."
Scroll down to see how these stars and more have responded to the Dayton and El Paso shootings below.
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
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
Heartbroken hearing the news from El Paso. Sending my thoughts and prayers to all the victims and families. So sad. So senseless. We need change.— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) August 4, 2019
Just got off the phone w/ fam in Dayton... it was a close call for them but that’s not the case for 9 other families— |L I Z Z O| (@lizzo) August 4, 2019
between this & the terrorist attack in El Paso & recent other shootings I feel completely helpless.. make noise & bring awareness.. vote.. don’t normalize this
this is scary man, praying for everyone in El Paso— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) August 3, 2019
My heart goes out to the people of El Paso. Let us never become numb to this. This is not normal. It should never be normal.— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) August 3, 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
THIRD MASS SHOOTING THIS WEEK. BETWEEN 15-20 SHOT IN TODAY’S SHOOTING AND MCCONNELL WON’T BRING #HR8 UP FOR A VOTE.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 3, 2019
Tell me again how the @GOP is “pro-life” when they won’t vote for a bill-that already passed the house-which would make the country safer from gun violence. #NoRA
There are no words. My heart breaks for the friends and families of the El Paso victims. Praying for all of you. We must do more to stop these senseless acts of gun violence.— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) August 4, 2019
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