Two days after the horrific massacre of 58 concert-goers and injuring over 500 plus people in a Las Vegas outdoor concert event, people from all walks of life are publicly criticising the gun laws and policy in the US.
In a news release, Jack Ende, the president of the American College of Physicians, said “we must acknowledge that lack of a US policy to address gun violence is the reason we have much higher rates of injuries and deaths from firearms violence than other countries. Specifically, we call for a ban on the sale and ownership of automatic and semiautomatic weapons. These are military-style ‘assault’ weapons that were designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible.”
Television host Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue on the Jimmy Kimmel Live, “Here we are again, in the aftermath of another terrible, inexplicably shocking and painful tragedy.” Then he continued to criticize the politicians who have been sending their outpouring love and condolences to the families of innocent victims killed but would not pass legislation to prevent mass killings caused by individuals high-powered automatic rifles in the US.
Famous country music guitarist Caleb Keeter of Josh Abbott Band survived
the Mandalay Bay shooting massacre and today called for gun control. He publicly renounced his support for the 2nd Amendment. On Twitter, he wrote “I cannot express how wrong I was.” Their band just finished their performance at the concert and they were on the grounds when the shooting started. “My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn’t realize it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it.”
Others fearlessly stated on Twitter to end gun violence:
Lady Gaga: “Prayers are important but @SpeakerRyan @realDonaldTrump blood is on the hands of those who have power to legislate. #GunControl act quickly. https://twitter.com/speakerryan/status/914859094472785920 …”
Amy Schumer:” Today we mourn for Las Vegas, tomorrow we fight for them. Join the movement to end gun violence: Text ACT to 64433. @everytown”.
Elizabeth Warren: “Thoughts & prayers are NOT enough. Not when more moms & dads will bury kids this week, & more sons & daughters will grow up without parents.”
Emmy Rossum: “I believe in prayer, but it’s not enough by itself. We need better LAWS. In no world does a CIVILIAN need a MACHINE GUN. Let’s fix this.”
How do US gun laws compared to Canada and other countries? Krem.com News reports that “Canada has gun laws like the U.S. with its age and background check restrictions, but it also requires individuals to take a public safety course as well.”