While reports about the horrific deadly mass shooting at a Sutherland Springs, Texas church on Sunday are still trickling in, Celebrities wasted no time taking to Twitter demanding increased gun control measures immediately after the news broke.
The attack occurred at First Baptist Church at approximately 11:20 a.m. central. Celebrities began calling for gun control before the number of casualties was confirmed and before the gunman had been identified, or his possible motive discovered, Breitbart reports.
Horror novelist Stephen King was quick to call for new gun laws:
How many more have to die before we enact sane gun control laws?
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 5, 2017
King’s gun control push was echoed by comedian and actress Sarah Silverman:
When a plane crashes, air travel becomes exponentially safer bc of the lessons learned. But 1 mass shooting after another…nothing.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 5, 2017
And actor Josh Gad:
Terror attack that kills 6 gets travel bans same day; Deadliest mass shooting & deadliest church shooting ever get prayers & 2 soon to talk
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 5, 2017
Comedian and former Netflix talk show host Chelsea Handler blamed the attack on Republicans:
Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 5, 2017
Meanwhile, actor Timothy Simons blamed the attack on the NRA:
Joy Reid blamed the NRA as well:
The @NRA is soaked and bathed in blood. How do its adherents sleep at night?
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) November 5, 2017
And a producer for Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show unleashed a profanity-laced tweet against President Donald Trump, Russia, and guns:
Director Adam McKay tweeted:
Mass carnage in Sutherland Springs.
We can do better than this.
The idea of zero new gun safety laws isn’t just idiotic it’s murderous.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) November 5, 2017
And Silicon Valley actor Kumail Nanjiani called for “#GunControlNow:”
NBC News reports:
An armor-clad gunman opened fire inside a rural Texas church on Sunday, killing more than two dozen people in the largest mass shooting in the state’s history, officials said.
Twenty-six people were killed during the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press conference Sunday evening.
“We don’t know if that number will rise or not, but we know that that’s too many and this will be a long, suffering mourning for those in pain,” he said.
“We are dealing with the largest mass shooting in our state’s history,” he added.
The shooter is also dead, officials said.
Law enforcement officials identified the gunman on Sunday evening as Devin Patrick Kelley, age 26, of neighboring Comal County. Officials were preparing to search his home.
There was no immediate information on the reason behind the shooting, according to Sheriff Tackett.
Federal officials said while the gunman’s motivation was unclear, there were no obvious signs of a connection to terrorism.
A local citizen confronted the gunman, “grabbed his rifle and engaged that suspect,” he said.