Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Julianne Moore, and other celebrities call for gun control in wake of Las Vegas mass shooting

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Lady Gaga, pictured on Sept. 8, is among the Americans demanding tougher gun laws. (Photo: Getty Images)
Lady Gaga, pictured on Sept. 8, is among the Americans demanding tougher gun laws. (Photo: Getty Images)

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history — a gunman firing on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday and killing at least 58 people — celebrities are among the many fed-up Americans calling for better gun control laws.

Lady Gaga was one of the many to speak out on social media on Monday, declaring suspected gunman Stephen Paddock’s shooting spree an act of “terrorism, plain and simple” and asking “Democrats and Republicans” to “unite now” on gun control.

In one post, she called out President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan directly, saying that “blood is on the hands of those who have the power to legislate.”

The singer also announced she’ll be holding a 20-minute “meditation/silence/prayer” later today on Instagram to provide some peace amid the chaos of the world.

Ariana Grande, whose Manchester, England, concert venue was the scene of another horrific mass shooting just months ago, also shared her thoughts. “My heart is breaking for Las Vegas,” wrote the singer. “We need love, unity, peace, gun control & for people to look at this & call this what it is = terrorism.”

Julianne Moore has long been an outspoken advocate for gun violence awareness and she spoke out again today. “Today we mourn for Las Vegas, tomorrow we fight for them,” she wrote, while encouraging “everyone join the movement to end gun violence.”

Emmy Rossum, who described herself as “heartbroken” over the news, took to Twitter to tell her followers that prayers aren’t enough. She also demanded action from politicians and urged people to do the same. “I believe in prayer, but it’s not enough by itself,” she noted in one of several tweets on the topic. “We need better LAWS. In no world does a CIVILIAN need a MACHINE GUN. Let’s fix this.”

Jessica Chastain described it as “shameful that this keeps happening.”

Billy Eichner of Billy on the Street fame wasn’t mincing words either.

(Image: Billy Eichner via Twitter)
(Image: Billy Eichner via Twitter)

Music fans duck and cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. (Photo: David Becker/Getty Images)
Music fans duck and cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. (Photo: David Becker/Getty Images)

Here are some of the other stars demanding better gun control laws on this sad day:

This is what gun violence looks like. #voteforguncontrol

A post shared by Rachel Bloom (@racheldoesstuff) on Oct 2, 2017 at 7:22am PDT

#prayforvegas #voteforguncontrol

A post shared by jordanabrewster (@jordanabrewster) on Oct 2, 2017 at 7:56am PDT

A post shared by January Jones (@januaryjones) on Oct 2, 2017 at 7:01am PDT

This is the most horrific act. My heart, prayers and love to ALL of the families, friends, responders & those that we have lost and that are injured. BELOW ARE WAYS WE CAN HELP! The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department urges residents to DONATE BLOOD to the more than 400 people wounded❣️ The United Blood Services is set to START TAKING DONATIONS at 7 a.m. local time at 6930 West Charleston Boulevard in Las Vegas or 601 Whitney Ranch Drive in Henderson. The University Medical Center of Southern Nevada is also preparing to launch a blood drive Monday at the Delta Point Building, though the exact time of that event has not yet been announced. ❣️ There are prescheduled American Red Cross blood drives taking place at the SpringHill Suites Las Vegas Convention Center at 2989 Paradise Road and Ernest May Elementary School at 6350 West Washburn Road. ❣️ NOT IN AREA? GIVE $ to the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross, accepting donations on its website, by phone at 702-369-3674 or mail at 1771 East Flamingo Road, #206B, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119. Support the National Compassion Fund, which directly distributes donations from the public to victims of a mass crime. The fund has previously partnered up with the relatives of victims of disasters like 9/11 & the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and vows to be transparent in how it handles the money it collects. ❣️ After you've written a check, MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD POLITICALLY. ☎️ your representative, talk to them about gun laws in your state & nationwide. The House of Representatives' switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. In Nevada, gun owners don't have to have licenses, can open carry firearms without a permit. Nationally, the House of Representatives is weighing legislation that would ease rules concerning gun silencers, which law enforcement officers argue could make it harder to identify in mass shootings. If you want to change that, FIND YOUR REPS # CALL your representatives & senators let them know what you think. If you believe gun laws are too lax, get in touch w/ groups like Everytown for Gun Safety & the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

A post shared by Jaime King (@jaime_king) on Oct 2, 2017 at 9:06am PDT

THIS. Text ACT to 64433

A post shared by Sarah Paulson (@mssarahcatharinepaulson) on Oct 2, 2017 at 9:40am PDT

Dear friends of every color, and I am mainly talking Blue and Red .. it's time to come together to finally enact stricter gun laws. NO ONE except our military should have assault weapons! There is no rationale for possessing these WMD 's ! How many tears must we shed before we act? We didn't do ANYTHING after watching the Sandy Hook Shooter mow down 20 children between the ages of six and seven years old, as well as six adult staff members and his own mother. My heart still painfully aches at the thought Let's not rehash the programmed response ( " it's not guns it's mentally ill , he could have done it with a knife of a car etc) let's not go there. We are past that. Change is MANDATED . Statistics prove stricter gun laws work. Let's work really hard to be open and understanding with each other to find sensible solutions. Let's not allow the NRA to dictate policy. Afterall gun owners want a safe America too right? And EVERYONE in every shade of Red and Blue can hear the terrifying sounds of the non stop storm of bullets and the horrified screams of the 58 dead and 500 + wounded (so far ) in last nights unthinkable nightmarish massacre. I implore everyone, do not allow this tragic event to be added to the list of other mass shootings that simply fade away as our attention turns to the next breaking news.. The next one could be in YOUR home town! Let's honor the fallen and the mourning families by taking each other's hand and UNITING in the name of sanity, peace, and our love of this great country that allows us the right to choose the kind of country we want. Here's my hand.✌❤️ #lasvegas #sympathy+love ⭐️also to find loved ones in Vegas Police have given this number 1 866 5355654⭐️and they are asking for blood donations also to get going on #strictergunlaws check out @everytown to hear more about gun safety and ways to make our country safer.

A post shared by Christie Brinkley (@christiebrinkley) on Oct 2, 2017 at 9:34am PDT

We can pray but we should probably do some other things too.

A post shared by Vanessa Carlton (@vanessacarltonactual) on Oct 2, 2017 at 11:09am PDT

Find out more about how to help the Las Vegas shooting victims, whether it’s by donating money, giving blood, or reaching out to your reps.

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