It was less than 24 hours after a mass shooting in an El Paso, Texas Wal-Mart took 20 lives that 10 people died in another mass shooting near a nightclub in Dayton, Ohio.
20 Dead in El Paso. 10 dead in Dayton, including the shooter. Two mass shootings perpetrated by white males in less than 24 hours and Hollywood has had enough.
Still reeling from the mass shooting at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas that left 20 dead and 26 injured, Americans woke up Sunday morning to news of yet another mass shooting, this time in Dayton, Ohio with reports that the gunman was able to kill 10 people and injure at least 26 others in less than a minute.
Officers shot and killed the as-yet-unidentified suspect on the scene near a popular nightclub early Sunday morning, with CNN reporting Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley as saying, "I really want to -- think about that minute. The shooter was able to kill nine people and injure 26 in less than a minute. And if we did not have police in the Oregon District and the thousands of people in the Oregon District enjoying their Saturday evening, what we could have had in this city."
Reactions to the back-to-back shootings dominated social media throughout the weekend, with hashtags for both cities as well as calls for #EnoughIsEnough and ending #DomesticTerrorism and #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism and perhaps the most desperate of them all, a simple cry to "DO SOMETHING."
The shooter in El Paso opened fire in a Wal-Mart on Saturday morning, killing 20 people and injuring 26 others before surrendering to police. He had allegedly traveled nine hours to the city of largely Hispanic citizens and was a purported Trump enthusiast, even spelling out the president's name with guns on a Twitter feed believed to be his.
A manifesto appeared online about a half-hour before the shooting declaring that the shooter was acting in "response to the Hispanic invasion," according to The New York Times, which many online are comparing to Trump's use of the word "invasion" to describe his crusade over tightening the southern border, and in particular when he warned of a "caravan of immigrants" moving northward through Mexico.
Hollywood was immediately critical of the president and GOP for their ongoing inability to bring any gun control legislation to the floor of the Senate. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell received specific criticism for blocking a bill that has already passed the Democrat-led House of Representatives from coming up for discussion in the Senate, much less a vote.
As the number of mass shootings continues to grow, the response has shifted from sadness and frustration from Hollywood to one of activism and anger, railing against "thoughts and prayers," a phrase that has come to be equated with empty rhetoric and inaction. And, of course, there was plenty of criticism for President Trump's own rhetoric and his administration's handling of immigrants and minorities throughout his term thus far.
You can see some of their most impassioned responses below as details continue to emerge about both shootings and shooters.
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Um... Donald, you spelt “terrorism” wrong! Your country had 2 terrorist attacks back to back hours apart leaving almost 30 innocent people dead. This, just days after yet another terrorist attack in California, where a terrorist was able to LEGALLY purchase an assault rifle (AK-47) in Vegas, then drive hours to a food festival in Cali leaving 6 more people dead including a young infant baby boy! Imagine a world where it’s easier to get an AK-47 than a VISA! Imagine a world where they build a wall to keep terrorists IN AMERICA!!! My prayers and deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims from Texas, California, and Ohio! I’m so sorry for your loss! Nobody deserves to die like this! NOBODY!
We have enough information already!Both of the shooters are white supremacist terrorist with intentions to kill minority’s .Law enforcement took rapid action but what are YOU going to do to control some of your RACIST SUPPORTERS? https://t.co/P4iYAJa34L— iamcardib (@iamcardib) August 4, 2019
You have demonized immigrants, people of color and our free press in rallies and in countless hateful tweets. What did you think would happen?— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 4, 2019
Friendly reminder: there has been more than 1 mass shooting per day (251 in total) this year... and of the people who didn’t die and went to the hospital, just remember that 62% of all American bankruptcies are due to medical bills. #GodBlessAmerica— Armie Hammer (@armiehammer) August 4, 2019
Just got off the phone w/ fam in Dayton... it was a close call for them but that’s not the case for 9 other families— |L I Z Z O| (@lizzo) August 4, 2019
between this & the terrorist attack in El Paso & recent other shootings I feel completely helpless.. make noise & bring awareness.. vote.. don’t normalize this
Since you feel compelled to tweet this exact thing every time a massacre happens, I feel compelled to point out that your thoughts and prayers are worthless garbage, a disingenuous mudpuddle, and invite you to choke them back down your phony gullet. https://t.co/BlTy9bWurS— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) August 4, 2019
American gun nuts always scream ‘TOO SOON!’ when people like me call for new laws after a mass shooting. We had a window of less than a day to do it after the El Paso massacre, before the next one happened in Dayton.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 4, 2019
It wasn’t ‘TOO SOON!’ - it was ‘TOO LATE!’
Tragedy has struck once more. The senseless loss of innocent lives HAS got to stop! Why can’t we get these weapons off our streets, out of our churches and schools? Mental Health and Gun Control MUST Priority in all coming elections! God Bless our El Paso Family🙏🏽💔 #ElPasoStrong— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) August 4, 2019
There used to be YEARS between mass shootings.— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) August 4, 2019
There used to be MONTHS between mass shootings.
There used to be DAYS between mass shootings.
Now there’s only HOURS between mass shootings.
Soon there will be...#DaytonMassShooting
El Paso my heart is with you. Americans make up about 4.4 percent of the global population, but own 42 percent of the world’s guns. We will never stand strong with these weak gun laws. We must make a change. #EnoughIsEnough #EndGunViolence— joshdallas (@JoshDallas) August 4, 2019
This is a nightmare that never ends. Hey! Let’s be exactly like NZ & Australia and ban these weapons designed to slaughter as many humans as possible. Get the pieces of do nothing shit out of office. Everyone vote. And a big F U to anyone who disagrees with sanity. We are done.— Kristen Schaal (@kristenschaaled) August 4, 2019
Police responded in one minute. 9 already dead. https://t.co/91JiYvYa9g— Kristen Schaal (@kristenschaaled) August 4, 2019
SOURCE: GOP members of Congress have their marching orders to “only talk mental health” as it relates to El Paso.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 4, 2019
MAKE THEM ADDRESS GUN VIOLENCE or it will keep happening.
👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇 https://t.co/UJxq4te0eY— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 4, 2019
My heart breaks for the city of El Paso. The madness never ends. It is all too much. There‘a nowhere safe from the terror of gun violence in the United States of America. We are a broken nation trapped in the darkness of our unwillingness to ask ourselves why this keeps happening— Josh Gad (@joshgad) August 3, 2019
the country used to look forward to the president's comforting words in times of national grief. this is little more than a news recap and you can't even bother to spellcheck it. 🤡🍌💩 https://t.co/XacEOePcJY— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 4, 2019
Just saw the news. I can’t be funny today. I am so sorry for #ElPaso and sorry for my nation which lacks the backbone to rid itself of this cancer once and for all.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 4, 2019
Does’ a human slaughter in a jammed Texas shopping center, with one of the most permissive gun carry laws in the country,put the lie to all the claims of the gun lobby that the way to stop a bad guy w/a gun is a good guy w/ a gun. The real danger is dumb guys who legislate.— james l. brooks (@canyonjim) August 4, 2019
Another mass shooting. Another White Nationalist. There are not “fine people on both sides”. The President of the United States bears responsibility.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) August 3, 2019
!!!!!!!! TALK ABOUT IT !!!!!!!!! https://t.co/gFvUgBHatw— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) August 4, 2019
May God be with the people of El Paso.... There is true unadulterated evil in this world. Sending as much prayers and strength as possible. I wish I had better words. It is such a senseless and horrific tragedy, beyond comprehension.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 3, 2019
Just a reminder.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 4, 2019
He laughed. Then he made a joke. Then he mugged for the camera as the crowd applauded.
Then he just kept right on talking. https://t.co/21DBmmPew0
Says the kerosene. https://t.co/yEHrBUUVsu— David Simon (@AoDespair) August 4, 2019
The President of the United States is an unapologetic White Nationalist who is inspiring the wholesale slaughter of American citizens.— Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) August 4, 2019
If you have to tie yourself in knots to explain how that guy in El Paso isn't a white terrorist and how your president isn't a racist who encourages violence, then you're already wrong on both counts.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 4, 2019
Every single member of Congress who refuses to support real gun safety legislation has blood on their hands. Period. This has nothing to do with the right to bear arms. This has to do with 21st century mental illness & white nationalism & an insane organization called the NRA.— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) August 4, 2019
Any member of congress who is not actively in the fight for gun safety reform, is not fit to represent us. Period. The inaction is reprehensible. 2 mass shootings in 24 hours? We simply can’t stand by and let this continue to happen. #VoteThemOut— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) August 4, 2019
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The only way we’re ever passing gun control on a national level is with a Democratic Senate and a Democratic President willing to eliminate the filibuster.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) August 4, 2019
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#ThisIsAmerica ...where a TRAFFIC STOP can get you KILLED... but you get taken in to custody ALIVE in a civil manner after committing a MASS SHOOTING and taking the lives of INNOCENT PEOPLE. #TeamDL… https://t.co/sWjHPdZJDS— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) August 4, 2019