In the wake of a mass shooting at a church in the small South Texas community of Sutherland Springs on Sunday (Nov. 5), celebrities took to social media to express their sadness, outrage and calls for tougher U.S. gun laws.
At least 26 people, ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old, were killed in the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history, The Associated Press reported.
President Donald Trump commented on Twitter from a trip abroad, writing, “May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”
Among the celebrities responding to the tragedy was Lady Gaga, who wrote, “Prayers for #SanAntonio and all the families who are suffering the loss of loved ones. I’ll pray also for #GunControl.”
Country singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, author Stephen King and actresses Mira Sorvino, Marich Carey and Patricia Arquette also used the platform to plea for peace and implore for gun control. Read their tweets and more below.
A “Bernie Bro” who was dishonorably discharged from the military, who should not have owned a gun, had a gun and opened fire on a church in Texas on Sunday.
The shooter was stopped by a good guy, who had a gun.
This prompted liberal celebrities to jump online and demand “gun control.”
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) November 6, 2017
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 5, 2017
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) November 5, 2017
— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) November 5, 2017
When a plane crashes, air travel becomes exponentially safer bc of the lessons learned. But 1 mass shooting after another…nothing.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 5, 2017
How many more have to die before we enact sane gun control laws?
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 5, 2017
I don't care the shooters name, race, religion or political party. The only way to impact mass shootings is #GunControl
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) November 5, 2017
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) November 5, 2017
About the epidemic of mass shootings? Watch politicians tweet condolences, thoughts and prayers and then go to cocktails with gun lobbyists.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 6, 2017
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 5, 2017
Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 5, 2017
Sources: Twitter, Billboard, and Truthfeed