As the political oligarchy unites in a bid to tear up the US Constitution once and for all following the Las Vegas shooting, pop star Lady Gaga has declared that Donald Trump has “blood on his hands” for not changing gun laws sooner.
The “Poker Face” singer has blasted the president and House Speaker Paul Ryan for not changing gun legislation sooner. Gaga has joined a long line of celebrities and political figures who have blamed Trump for allowing American citizens to continue to own guns.
Just hours after the devastating attacks, which has left almost 60 dead and hundreds more injured, Hillary Clinton spoke out to demand that people “stand up to the NRA” and have firearms laws changed. Clinton posted on her Twitter page: “The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots.
Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.” “Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”
Lady Gaga echoed Hillary Clinton’s comments by following up with a few posts to her own army of 71.5 million loyal followers by saying:
“This is terrorism plain and simple. Terror bares no race, gender or religion. Democrats & Republicans please unite now #guncontrol ” “Prayers are important but @SpeakerRyan @realDonaldTrump blood is on the hands of those who have power to legislate. #GunControl act quickly.”
Hollywood stars have joined in their calls for a change in gun laws with Julianna Moore also jumping on the free publicity bandwagon. “Cheap sound bites don’t protect innocent lives,” read a tweet on Moore’s account, as she pointed out this is the eighth mass shooting just this year.
Daily Mail reports: Lady Gaga took a more direct approach in getting her message out, tweeting at the President and Speaker of the House while stating that “blood in on the hands” of the men and women of Congress.
That post was in response to one from Speaker Ryan in which he wrote: ‘America woke up to heartbreaking news from Las Vegas. We stand united in our shock, our condolences, & our prayers.’
The Commander-in-Chief and Representative from Wisconsin had yet to respond to Gaga’s tweet as of Monday afternoon. In addition to offering up their condolences and prayers, President Trump and Speaker Ryan also ordered that all flags be flown at half-mast to pay tribute to the victims.
That was not enough however for Gaga, who when first commenting on the attack wrote: ‘This is terrorism plain and simple. Terror bares no race, gender or religion. Democrats & Republicans please unite now #guncontrol.’ Gaga then encouraged her followers to join in a ’20 minute moment of meditation/silence/prayer’ on her Instagram Live feed at 3:30pm PST ‘for the calming of the [world].’
She went on to explain: ‘My intention is to connect us all through inner peace. I believe we can calm inflammation in the world by calming each other.’
The Grammy-winning singer also posted a flyer telling her followers how they could donate blood to help the relief effort as many hospitals in Las Vegas are now at or near capacity.
Moore meanwhile took aim at the men and women on Capitol Hill by retweeting human rights advocate Greg Hogben, who wrote: ‘Thoughts and prayers from politicians and lawmakers do NOTHING to prevent mass shootings. Cheap sound bites don’t protect innocent lives.’
The Oscar-winning actress then wrote: ‘I mourn this senseless loss of life. What will it take, #Congress, for you to act? @Everytown @MomsDemand #endgunviolence.’
That was followed by a number her followers could text, with Moore posting an image of two young concertgoers huddled together as they took cover during the shooting, writing: ‘Today we mourn for Las Vegas, tomorrow we fight for them. Join the movement to end gun violence: Text ACT to 64433.’
Moore was honored for her work preventing gun violence with the group Everytown for Gun Safety back in 2016 at the Variety Power of Women event.
The actress spoke of her efforts to keep the news of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting away from her then-10-year old daughter while accepting her award at the event, saying that she eventually finally realized that was impossible.
That is why she helped found Everytown in 2014 she explained, saying she realized that it was more important to take action against gun violence. ‘I firmly believe that this is not a partisan issue,’ Moore told those in attendance.
‘It is a safety issue.’ That same year, Lady Gaga was one of the 180 celebrities who signed an open letter from Billboard urging Congress to pass stricter gun control laws.