Hollywood Stars Call for Gun Control After School Shooting in Parkland, Florida

17 people were killed by a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday

Last Updated: February 14, 2018 @ 6:40 PM

The U.S. experienced another mass shooting on Wednesday when a man opened fire on a high school in Parkland, Florida, leaving 17 people dead.

The incidence of yet another school shooting brought the topic of gun control back into the national conversation, sending both Parkland and the hashtag #GunControlNow trending across the country.

A number of Hollywood stars, including Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Banks, Alyssa Milano, Gabrielle Union and Sophia Bush were among those calling on lawmakers to pass new legislation to limit civilian access to certain firearms and prevent future shootings.

“Heartbroken over the news of another school shooting,” Witherspoon wrote. “This is the 18th in 45 days of 2018. Students & teachers shouldn’t have to fear for their safety. We must do more to prevent these senseless acts of gun violence. My heart is w/ the people in Parkland, FL. Enough is enough.”

Police were alerted around 2:30 p.m. ET of an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. The suspect was later identified as Nikolas Cruz, a former student who had been expelled for disciplinary reasons. 17 people were killed and at least 14 more were injured.

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