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Celebrity Reactions to the Florida Shooting and Gun Control Laws in America

by Asfa

On Wednesday, 14th of February, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire in Majory Stoneman Douglas High School , leaving 17 people dead.

Nikolas Cruz poses for a mugshot photo after being arrested February 14, 2017 in Parkland, Florida. (Photo by Broward’s Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images)

 

A teddy bear is seen in a makeshift memorial setup in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Cruz then attempted to blend in with the students and evacuate the premises. He was caught and taken into custody without a fight, and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Nikolas Cruz at the Broward County Courthouse on February 15, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Susan Stocker – Pool/Getty Images)

Cruz, previously expelled from the school, entered the premises wearing a gun mask and carrying an AR-15 rifle, ammunition and smoke grenades. Students and teachers initially thought they were having a fire drill until they heard gunshots. Cruz killed three people outside the school, entered one of the buildings and killed another 12. 2 people later died of their injuries in the hospital.

The situation became more complex when it was revealed that Cruz had commented on a YouTube post last year, promising to eventually become a “professional school shooter”.

People visit a memorial at Pine Trails Park on February 17, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Karissa Saenz, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, holds a sign that reads, ‘White House You are Killing Our Future!’ (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Since the incident on Wednesday, a barrage of celebrities has been voicing their thoughts and concerns on social media. Many of them link this incident to the ongoing debate about gun control in the USA.

The FBI admitted that they had been aware of the comment and had carried out investigations but had not been able to fully identify the source. To many people, this is a clear sign that a harsher stance on gun control needs to be in place.

Read some of the sentiments expressed by prominent figures.

Donald Trump

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Barack Obama

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Josh Gad

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Mark Ruffalo

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Piers Morgan

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Bette Midler

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Chelsea Handler

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Ellen DeGeneres

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Reese Witherspoon

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Gabrielle Union

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Jennifer Lopez

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Gloria Estefan

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Kim Kardashian West

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Michael Skolnik

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Rainn Wilson

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Stephen King

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Tyra Banks

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.



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