"You are a spineless coward," actor says of Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
Josh Gad woke up to heartbreaking news on Thursday morning; the loss of a friend's child in the Florida school shooting.
"Last night, I received a text while I slept that our friend’s son passed away from his gun shot wound," Gad tweeted Thursday morning. "My grief for this family and the many others knows no bounds. I’m so sorry this happened. I’m so sorry our leaders are worthless. I’m so sorry we are bound to repeat this again."
The actor's sad news is the latest update in a series of tweets venting his frustrations at the consistently inadequate responses from the government.
He first found out that he knew one of the victims in the shooting late Wednesday afternoon, tweeting, "Just learned some horrible and shocking news involving a friend who's son was shot today at the school."
Several hours earlier, Gad had already tweeted his frustration about this latest shooting -- the 19th school shooting of 2018 -- writing, "How many kids need to die? How many more fu*#ing times do we need to hear 'now’s not the time to discuss this?' Dozens more? Hundreds more? Thousands? Will it ever matter?"
I am so angry tonight. I am so sad. I’m putting my phone down because we are debating sensible gun laws again. A child of one of our friend’s has a bullet in his chest & is critical condition because a 19 year old had access to a military weapon. Pretend it’s normal. It’s not.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 15, 2018
He had even harsher words for Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who said on Fox News that we still don't know how the shooting occurred. "I think it's important to know all of that before you jump to conclusions that there was some law that we could have passed that would have prevented it," he said. "And there may be, but shouldn't we at least know the facts?"
As a Floridian, please let me be among the masses to tell you, you are a spineless coward @marcorubio and I hope your 3.3 million dollars in NRA funding comes with ear plugs that allow you to tune out the mourning cries of children and parents everywhere. https://t.co/C5Myd1N2ZQ— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 15, 2018
The deadly shooting at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has resulted in 17 deaths, with 14 more wounded. The suspected shooter has been identified and apprehended and now faces multiple charges of premeditated murder. He was believed to have been armed with an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and multiple magazines.
Gad returned to Twitter Thursday afternoon to share a life-long mission.
1) Thread - I have said everything I care to say about the massacre in FL. I have walked the halls of Stoneman Douglass. I directly know a person trying to pick up the shattered pieces of his life now. I call this community my own.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 15, 2018
2) I think all of us know in our hearts something is terribly wrong with the weekly rate of these incidents. I will not lecture any of you on what to believe of how to respond. I will only tell you what I am going to do.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 15, 2018
3) I am going to make it my life’s goal to support and vote for every single person who challenges a politician with NRA money behind them.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 15, 2018
4) I am going to make sure that I read and educate myself as to why certain people refuse to do anything that resembles sensible gun laws and make sure they face early retirement.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 15, 2018
5) I am going to be here as a voice of reason and walk proudly and tall through the echoing winds of madness as we continue to demand action in a familiar sea of inaction.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 15, 2018
6) And finally I am going to remember the 17 dead, the many injured, and the thousands of others who have senselessly lost their lives to gun violence and I am going to fight in their name so that other parents and siblings never have to expiereince such trauma.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 15, 2018
7) That is what I’m going to do. The question is...what are you going to do?— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 15, 2018