Black celebrities call for gun control after Texas school shooting


In the wake of Tuesday’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, many people have spoken out about gun control laws in America. The commentary from celebrities on social media comes less than two weeks after the Buffalo tragedy, when a gunman allegedly opened fired at the Tops supermarket, killing 10 Black people.

Among those who’ve expressed their grief is poet and activist Amanda Gorman, who shared her thoughts in a series of tweets. “It takes a monster to kill children. But to watch monsters kill children again and again and do nothing isn’t just insanity—it’s inhumanity,” she said. “What might we be if only we tried. What might we become if only we’d listen. The truth is, one nation under guns.” Gorman’s series of tweets ended Wednesday night with an updated post about the “half a million dollars” raised for gun safety nonprofit Everytown

Abbott Elementary creator Quinta Brunson tweeted, “every time this happens I watch the conversation move toward the why. Mental health, race, class, domestic dispute etc. I kind of can’t stand that because all it does is protect the only constant in each case: a gun.”

In response to fans’ request for a school shooting episode of Abbott, Brunson referenced a Wednesday press conference in which Texas politician Beto O’Rourke told Gov. Greg Abbott the shooting was “totally predictable when you choose not to do anything.”

“please use that energy to ask your elected official to get on Beto time and nothing less. I’m begging you,” Brunson said.

Gabrielle Union expressed her thoughts, saying, “Babies. We can’t get numb to this … How many of our babies need to be murdered for folks to be moved to action?” 

Jon Batiste offered a brief statement, saying, “We need to make some changes now.” 

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