There were three mass shootings in less than 24 hours. Soon after the news of the shooting was covered by the media, celebrities and other media figures took to social media platforms to share their opinions.
A gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and killed 20 people and injured 26 others, reports Fox News. The casualties reported are the highest ever numbers recorded since 2017, when gunmen killed 58 and 26 people, respectively, in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Though the suspected gunman's name has not been publically released, two law enforcement officials identified him as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas. It is unclear as to what connection the man had to El Paso. There were also two mass shootings in Chicago, which left at least three people dead and 40 wounded. According to the police, unknown suspects fired shots into a large group of people.
The two shootings both happened in the West Side’s Lawndale neighborhood. Dayton, Ohio also witnessed another mass shooting where nine people are dead and 26 wounded. According to CNN, the shooter, 24-year-old Connor Betts, is also dead. The motive behind the shooting is unknown. This is three mass shootings in less than 24 hours. Soon after the news of the shooting was covered by the media, celebrities and other media figures took to social media platforms to share their opinions.
1. Paul Joseph Watson, an English YouTube personality, radio host, and a writer took to Twitter to say:
Dayton mass shooter was an anti-Trump "leftist" who said "I want socialism" and who tweeted "kill every fascist". These are his words.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 4, 2019
El Paso mass shooter was a right wing extremist.
Political extremism is a major problem for both right & left.
Can we at least agree on this?
2. Candace Owens, an American conservative commentator, and political activist took her stand on the issue.
The Ohio shooter was a self-described socialist and Elizabeth Warren fan. Do we blame @AOC and her squad?— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) August 5, 2019
No-we do not.
We don’t blame anyone but the shooter. @BetoORourke you are a coward for blaming Trump supporters for El Paso.
Rest assure, you will never be President. https://t.co/8QcIcYZEnX
3. Qasim Rashid is an author, human rights activist, and an attorney was glad that at least one Republican was speaking the truth
Amazing thread by Nebraska Republican @SenMcCollister— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) August 5, 2019
“The Republican Party is enabling white supremacy in our country... When the history books are written, I refuse to be someone who said nothing.”
Thank God at least one elected Republican is speaking truth.#ElPaso#Dayton pic.twitter.com/Qf5NkdRRSH
4. Alyssa Milano is an American actress, producer, and an activist who questioned the "pro-life" stand when there's still no gun control
THIRD MASS SHOOTING THIS WEEK. BETWEEN 15-20 SHOT IN TODAY’S SHOOTING AND MCCONNELL WON’T BRING #HR8 UP FOR A VOTE.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 3, 2019
Tell me again how the @GOP is “pro-life” when they won’t vote for a bill-that already passed the house-which would make the country safer from gun violence. #NoRA
5. Dean Obeidallah, who is an American comedian, blasted Trump in his Tweet
The only way Trump would call for laws to change because of #ElPasoShooting is if the gunman is Muslim or an immigrant - then he will use this tragedy to further his bigoted political agenda. If shooter is a random white guy, Trump will do NOTHING!— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 3, 2019
6. TV show host Piers Morgan rightly addressed the NRA (National Rifle Association) as the real enemy of the people
7. Celebrity chef Padma Laksmi added that passing a gun control regulation would help keep all our children safe
8. Meghan McCain, who is an American columnist, author, co-host of The View prayed for the people of El Paso to have the strength and courage to get through this difficult time
May God be with the people of El Paso.... There is true unadulterated evil in this world. Sending as much prayers and strength as possible. I wish I had better words. It is such a senseless and horrific tragedy, beyond comprehension.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 3, 2019
9. Representative Doug Collins, who previously was a state representative in the Georgia House of Representatives, expressed his sorrow
My heart breaks for the innocent victims of the unspeakable tragedies in El Paso and Dayton. White nationalism, hatred and violence have no place in our country. We must stand together to fight against these evils.— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) August 5, 2019
10. Donald Judd, a video producer demanded actions to be taken immediately on gun legislation
Following shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg urges his supporters to call their Senators demanding action on gun legislation and donate to Moms Demans Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots non profit. pic.twitter.com/O6Go5RDhe6— DJ Judd (@DJJudd) August 5, 2019
11. John Pavlovitz, a Christian pastor and author, said condemning this kind of violence was insulting
12. Terrence K Williams, an actor, and comedian shared his opinion on gun control
So #GunControlNow is trending tonight because of a shooting in California.— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) July 29, 2019
BUT why don’t y’all scream Gun Control When people are gunned down in Chicago everyday ?
Chicago experienced its most violent weekend of 2019, with 52 shootings and 10 deaths.
13. David Weissman is an American screenwriter and director who wants to know how AK47's are legal
I used to complain about any regulations of gun control, & joked about liberals wanting to ban assault rifles but reports are saying shooter had AK47s, terrorists use these weapons in war, how can a civilian be able to buy these kinds of weapons? How much is the NRA paying GOP?— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) August 5, 2019
14. Television producer Ashly Perez went straight to the point instead of beating around the bush
how about you pass gun control instead?— Ashly Perez (@itsashlyperez) August 5, 2019
15. Matt Nippert, an investigations reporter, said that every mass shooter he's observed bought a gun LEGALLY!
I spent three months looking into white supremacist mass shootings. There's a lot of weird darkness to parse, but a striking observation was in every case the (young, white male) perpetrators bought their weapons legally. Gun control is the low-hanging fruit of terror prevention.— Matt Nippert (@MattNippert) August 5, 2019