Lady Gaga Calls for Gun Control Reform Following Las Vegas Massacre

Lady Gaga is calling for Congress to implement stricter gun control laws in the wake of the deadly Las Vegas massacre that left at least 58 people dead and over 500 injured.

Gaga responded to the tragedy on Twitter on Monday morning, saying that the attack was clearly terrorism and that Republicans and Democrats need to unite to put an end to this violence.

She then directly responded to House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had issued a statement offering prayers for the victims of the massacre. Gaga said that prayers are important but that blood is on the hands of those who do nothing to implement stricter gun control laws, including Congress and President Donald Trump.

Finally, Gaga said that she would be holding a 20 minute moment of silence this afternoon for the victims of the attack in Las Vegas.

This is not the first time that Lady Gaga has called for Congress to implement stricter gun control laws. Back in June 2016, in the wake of the Pulse nightclub massacre and the shooting of singer Christina Grimmie, Gaga signed an open letter that appeared in Billboard and called on Congress to act.

“The one thing that connects the recent tragedies in Orlando is that it is far too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns,” the letter said. “We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more, including: Require a background check for every gun sale. Block suspected terrorists from buying guns.”

This letter was signed by Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Paul McCartney, Selena Gomez, and many more.

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Lady Gaga attends the Gaga: Five Foot Two premiere in 2017. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Gaga also called for action from Congress back in 2012 after the Sandy Hook massacre in which 20 children were murdered, signing on to a letter that appeared in The New York Times.

“The time has come for courage,” that letter read. “The Courage to make our schools and workplaces, our shopping malls and movie theatres — all the places we share every day — safe from gun violence. The courage to stand up to the NRA — to put human life ahead of extreme ideology. The courage to ban weapons of mass murder that at anytime, anywhere, can turn America into a killing field.”

Other musicians and actors have also called for change this morning in reaction to the Las Vegas shooting, including Gina Rodriguez, Jeffrey Right, and Elizabeth Banks.