Several celebrities have called for increased gun control after the mass shooting that took place in Buffalo.
Unfortunately, ten people were killed and two more were injured after an 18-year-old white man opened fire in a mainly black grocery store. Police believe this is a targeted attack against the black community based on a statement the shooter made before he drove nearly 200 miles to Buffalo to carry out the shooting, which was broadcast live on Twitch.
Several celebrities posted about the event on social media, mourning the victims and calling for increased gun control.
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We don’t need to control the gun. We just need to avoid churches, malls, supermarkets, mosques, concerts, synagogues, cinemas, parks, preschools, middle schools, high schools, campuses, mass transit and the outdoors in general… (1/513)
– Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 15 2022
Comedian Patton Oswalt gave a sarcastic response to the shooting, tweeting: “We don’t need gun control. We just need to avoid churches, malls, supermarkets, mosques, concerts, synagogues, movie theaters, parks, preschools, middle schools, high schools, university campuses, mass transit, and the outdoors in general… (1/513)”.
His thread stopped there, but the point wasn’t lost, especially when a shooting took place at a church in California and a Houston flea market the next day.
This country is a disgrace. pic.twitter.com/9CbhDOeRTh
– bettemidler (@BetteMidler) May 16 2022
“Hocus Pocus” actress Bette Middler tweeted: “This country is a disgrace.” I attached a photo to a newspaper titled: “Sadness, anger, buffalo rock after racism fuels massacre.”
How long should we wait after mass shootings, the usual expressions of “thoughts and prayers” and the inevitable angry cries for more rational gun laws, before we go back to posting pictures of food?
– Mark Hamill (@MarkHammill) May 15 2022
“Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill tweeted, “How long should we wait after mass shootings, the usual expressions of ‘thoughts and prayers’ and the inevitable angry cries for more reasonable gun laws, before we go back to posting pictures of food?”
Perhaps all those people who offer thoughts and prayers suck up thinking and praying.
– Steve Hofstetter (@SteveHofstetter) May 16 2022
Comedian Steve Hofstadter echoed Hamill’s comments about thoughts and prayers, tweeting, “Maybe all these people who offer thoughts and prayers are filled with thought and prayer.”
Celebrities are taking to Instagram to offer…ideas and prayers
‘The Big Bang Theory’ Mayim Bialik joined several celebrities who commented on the news, saying, “The news out of Buffalo New York with 13 shots – 11 of them black – and 10 dead so far is heavy news for a lot of hearts this weekend.” I bring the Buffalo community in my prayers to calm what seems to be an insurmountable pain at the moment.”
My heart is broken because of the horrific attack in Buffalo. Social media companies haven’t done enough to deal with hate. https://t.co/hwpqJVVEEb
– Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) May 16 2022
Singer Selena Gomez tweeted, “My heart is heartbroken by the horrific attack in Buffalo. The social media companies haven’t done enough to deal with the hate.”
In an Instagram video, Justin wrote, “Praying with and for buffaloes.”
“You guys may have heard what happened,” he said as he formed a prayer circle with his backstage crew. “Very horrible things. But I’m looking forward to tonight. We look forward to getting to that stage, doing what we do best, having a good time, and bringing the city to life. There is an urgent need. So let’s just do that.”
He continues, “Oh my God, we just thank you for tonight.” “Thank you so much for just another night to be present and do what we do best and do what we were designed to do. I pray we have the energy, focus and strength. And just give thanks for another night in Jesus name. Amen.”
In a longer five-minute video, Justin gives a brief introduction before launching into the song.
Justin wrote in the caption: “Racism will not offend God.” “We stand by you and we stand against this racist terrorism.”
In another video, Justin came out on stage saying, “What’s up, Buffalo?” He says it’s “a great honor to be back here” as he circles the stage in a pink sweatshirt and matching pants. “You know, there was a tragedy in the city. But what we’re going to do tonight is we’re honoring these people. And I’d love if we could just take a moment. It means a lot to me. So we can start now.”
Justin bows his head and clasps his hands together while the camera pans over the audience. Although it was mostly silent, one or two voices could be heard in the crowded hall. Commenting on his Instagram post, the “Lonely” singer asked, “To the people who cannot remain silent to honor lives tragically lost, I urge you to ask yourself why?”
These are just a few of the celebrities who used their voice and platform to speak out about the senseless violence that took place in Buffalo, New York. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be the case for the last time.