Hollywood stars have called for an end to violence and tougher US gun laws following a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Texas.
Celebrities such as Chris Evans, Finneas, Amy Schumer and Kylie Jenner were among those who expressed feelings of shock, grief and outrage over the tragic incident.
At least 18 children and a teacher have been pronounced dead after a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Poet Amanda Gorman, who rose to fame after a reading at US President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony in January 2021, wrote a poem after the shooting in Texas and posted it on social media.
He said: “The schools are scared to death.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 24, 2022
“Truth is, an education under desks, Dropped by bullets; That dip when asked.
“Where our children will live and how and if.”
Sharing a link to gun violence charity Everytown, Gorman captioned his post: “Americans, you know enough is enough.
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“If you do something today, don’t just cry, but act.”
Captain America star Evans wrote in all caps, “F****** enough!”
Anyone who says “now is not the time to talk about gun control” doesn’t care if children are being murdered today.
— FINNEAS (@finneas) May 24, 2022
Oscar-winning producer Finneas also expressed his anger at the situation, writing: ‘Anyone who says ‘now is not the time to talk about gun control’ doesn’t care that kids got murdered today .
Oscar co-host Schumer said: “We mourn with the community of Uvalde, a predominantly Latin community, and all others affected by another senseless act of violence in our schools.
“This is another tragic example of the magnitude of this public health crisis in our country.”
Veteran Star Trek actor George Takei added: “There are no words. And no action was ever taken.
“If we want things to change, we have to demand it from our leaders.”
If we want things to change, we must demand it from our leaders.
—George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 24, 2022
YouTube star and boxer Jake Paul also criticized US leaders for their lack of action.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families, children and citizens of Uvalde, Texas,” he said.
“This shit is so unfair.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families, children and citizens of Uvalde, Texas.
This shit is so unfair. It’s sickening what people are capable of and it sickens me that our schools, our senators and our people in power have done NOTHING to protect America’s children.
—Jake Paul (@jakepaul) May 25, 2022
“It’s sickening what people are capable of and it sickens me that our schools, our senators and our people in power have done NOTHING to protect America’s children.”
Posting to her Instagram Story, reality star Kylie Jenner, who recently gave birth to her second child with rapper Travis Scott, said, “Another school shooting. Devastating.
“It breaks my heart for these families.