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.
As we send our thoughts & prayers to the people of Parkland, Florida how about we, the people & govt of America, actually DO something abt gun violence.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) February 15, 2018
Heartbroken over the news of another school shooting. 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.
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) February 15, 2018
Parkland School shooting: AR-15
Texas church shooting: AR-15
Las Vegas Strip shooting: AR-15
Sandy Hook shooting: AR-15
Pulse nightclub shooting: AR-15 San Bernardino Shooting: AR-15. WHY SHOULD A U.S. CIVILIAN BE ALLOWED TO OWN THIS TYPE OF GUN!?!?!? ITS F@CK!NG INSANE !
— Patrick Shriver (@PSchwarzenegger) February 15, 2018
Heartbroken and disgusted hearing about Parkland. This isn't the way it has to be. Our country is broken and it must be fixed. Thoughts of peace to all the families
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) February 14, 2018
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) February 15, 2018
Sorrowful for the lives lost at the Parkland, Florida school shooting today. 12 school shootings in 2018 and it’s only February?!! When will enough be enough? ???????????? #GunControlNow
— Dulé Hill (@DuleHill) February 15, 2018
It doesn’t have to be like this #Parkland,Fla
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 14, 2018
— Felicity Huffman (@FelicityHuffman) February 15, 2018
— Amy Brenneman (@AmyBrenneman) February 14, 2018
Florida … I love you. I am devastated for you. There are no words.
When will it be enough, leaders? When will you do something? How many more children have to run from their schools, sobbing, with their hands up? How many?
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) February 14, 2018
My heart is breaking. All of my thoughts and prayers and love go to all affected in #Parkland.
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) February 14, 2018
Like thousands in South Florida, we sent the boys to school in Broward County this morning… there are no words to describe the despair, horror & anger. This does not have to be our collective reality. How many more? How many children must not make it home?
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) February 14, 2018
because thoughts & prayers are indifference tied up with a bow #guncontrolnow
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) February 14, 2018
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 15, 2018
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) February 15, 2018
my heart is broken hearing about the #Parkland school shooting. im at a loss for words. just sending so much love and positive energy to the victims and the families/loved ones/friends of the victims. to the world. we need more love. and we NEED #GunControlNow . NOW.
— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) February 14, 2018
SEVENTEEN people were killed at that Florida school today. Gunned down for what?! Why?#GunControlNow
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) February 14, 2018
— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) February 15, 2018
— Riki Lindhome (@rikilindhome) February 14, 2018