Latest Shootings Stir Celebrity and 2020 Candidates’ Outrage: ‘WTF Is Wrong With Us?’

“We are a broken nation trapped in the darkness of our unwillingness to ask ourselves why this keeps happening,” Josh Gad writes

Last Updated: August 4, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Sadness and outrage is being expressed by celebrities and 2020 presidential candidates across social media over the latest shootings in America, as well as a renewed demand for gun control legislation to be passed by Congress.

“We are a broken nation trapped in the darkness of our unwillingness to ask ourselves why this keeps happening,” tweeted actor Josh Gad, one of the many voices speaking out on Saturday and Sunday.

At least 29 people have been killed and dozens more injured in the past 24 hours in shootings at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart and mall, and at a bar in Dayton, Ohio. That comes after a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California that killed three people last week.

Actress Julianne Moore said that her “outrage is exhausted” after the Dayton shooting, while singer John Legend called on officials to “take these weapons of war off the street and fight the evil ideology of white nationalism that motivates many of these terrorists.”

The sense of outrage was shared among 2020 presidential candidates. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders demanded urgent action by Congress, with Sanders calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to end Congress’ summer recess early and bring to a vote the gun safety bill HR 8, which was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year.

Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke also called for stricter gun legislation and accused Donald Trump of worsening gun violence through his racist rhetoric at rallies.

“In addition to universal background checks, a ban on the sale of weapons of war, & red flag laws, we have got to acknowledge the hatred and open racism we’re seeing on Fox News, on the internet, and from our Commander-in-Chief,” he tweeted.

Read more tweets in response to the shootings below:

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