On February 14, 2018, 14 students and three faculty members lost their lives during a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The students have turned the high media attention into a catalyst for gun control in an effort to ensure that these shootings stop using the call #NeverAgain.
Celebrities are utilizing their Twitter platforms to show support for the movement as well as shine the light on the lack of action they feel Congress is taking. Some of their reactions were more heated than others, however, and one in particular proved personal (page 7).
Bette Midler took to her Twitter account to share her initial response to the event as well as Congress’ reaction. “Another school shooting, this in FLA. Congrats to the spineless cowards who do nothing to help us stem this horrific epidemic, ie CONGRESS,” she tweeted.
Midler has continued to vocalize her support for the students’ activism as well as praise the corporations who have cut ties with the NRA.
Next: This Broadway star spoke his mind.
The Dear Evan Hansen star recognized what he called his “limited political knowledge” before speaking from an emotional standpoint. “There are things I don’t understand,” he tweeted on February 14th.
“But I’ve been trying to imagine being a representative or senator watching kids get shot in school every day only in the US, then choosing to focus my immediate daily efforts on anything else.” Since the shooting, Platt has praised Dick’s Sporting Goods and questioned Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
Next: The famous comedian who supports the Florida students.
The comedian is notorious for her blunt and flavorful language on many matters, and those close to her heart are no exception. In a February 22 interview with POPSUGAR, Handler encouraged all Americans to join the gun control debate. “This country is going to hell in a handbasket if we don’t act now,” she said. “This is our moment to stand up, to scream and yell.”
Handler has consistently tweeted about the shooting and related matters since February 14 and directed many of those tweets at the student survivors. “To all the students in Florida. Do not let anyone stop you. We are with you and we will support you and you are right and you deserve to be heard.”
Next: He has a talk show but used his Twitter to speak about his initial thoughts.
HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher host reminded his followers that America still has the potential to make change happen. “Heard the word ‘tragedy’ 100 times already about the school shooting,” he wrote, “not really, by the classical definition: tragedy is fated and inevitable. This isn’t inevitable. This is America.”
Next: This celebrity took to Instagram to express her views.
Jennifer Lopez voiced her concerns through a series of Instagram photos. One shared that “The shooting was the 18th in a U.S. school this year, according to gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety.”
Lopez showed her support for Barack Obama by Instagramming his statement about the need for bipartisan legislature on the matter: “We don’t have to agree on everything to agree it’s time to do something.”
Next: The author who wrote an essay on gun control.
The author has supported gun control and shared his views on Twitter before, including his opinion that it was “Time to ban assault weapons” in 2016. He also penned an essay titled “Guns” the same year and donated the Kindle proceeds to the James Brady Organization to Prevent Handgun Violence.
King responded to the Parkland shooting with a call to vote: “The only way to enact sane gun regs is at the ballot box. If you feel that way, it’s simple: if they take money from the NRA, don’t vote for ’em in November,” he tweeted on February 15.
Next: This celebrity had personal ties to the shooting.
Actor and comedian Josh Gad had a personal tie to the mass shooting: It was in his hometown. “Just learned some horrible and shocking news involving a family friend who’s son was shot today at the school. Please put out lots of good vibes and prayers for he and all of the other families navigating this nightmarish day,” he tweeted to his followers.
He later wrote a thread dedicated to his opinions, feelings, and plans which resulted from the shooting. “I am going to make it my life’s goal to support and vote for every single person who challenges a politician with NRA money behind them,” Gad declared.
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