Celebrities React To Senate Not Passing Gun Control Amendments
On Monday, the Senate failed to pass gun control amendments in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting. Now celebrities are reacting to the news.
The four proposed measures would’ve made it harder for potential terrorists and the mentally ill to obtain guns, largely through expanded background checks. Each needed 60 votes to pass. But none of them secured the required amount due to ongoing gridlock blocking bipartisan efforts.
After the results came out, John Legend wrote in a series of tweets, “The foolishness and heartlessness coming from our Congress re: gun control is not surprising, but still so very disappointing and shameful. You don’t get to talk ‘tough on terror’ if you’re too afraid of the NRA to do anything about guns. You’re a coward. We have to vote the GOP out of leadership of both House & Senate to get anything done on guns. Please vote in November.”
An angry Alyssa Milano tweeted, “The Senate rejected all four gun control measures that were up for consideration on Monday. F*ck you, Senate.” Sarah Silverman retweeted a number of messages, and exclaimed at one point, “If u voted against this its bc ur a greedy selfish NRA suckling f*ck. How am I the godless one? Get a moral compass.” Billy Eichner also posted, “The Senate just voted 2 block gun safety reforms inspired by the Orlando massacre. If ur not outraged ur not a human being. This is insanity.”
“Every senator who voted down the gun terror vote, please tell me what hell feel likes when u get there. Wondering if it’s as hot as they say,” said Josh Gad. Andy Cohen retweeted writer Gerry Dugan, who had posted, “My thoughts & prayers are with the @SenateGOP for the ballot box bloodbath coming their way.” The “Watch What Happens Live” host added, “Well said!!!!!!”
Sharing a list of the Senators who voted against the proposals, Judd Apatow vowed, “We will remember.” Ellen Pompeo re-posted his tweet, noting, “A list of who cares about this country and who doesn’t.” Many stars also used the hashtag “#DisarmHate,” as did Democratic members of Congress, who also expressed disgust over the situation. It’s important to note, though, that even a Republican-sponsored measure was voted down, too.