Ariana Grande, Scooter Braun React To Las Vegas Shooting Four Months After Manchester Bombing

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Ariana Grande Las Vegas Shooting

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Ariana Grande Las Vegas Shooting

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Ariana Grande and Scooter Braun are among the many stars reacting to the Las Vegas shooting at a Jason Aldean concert. Just four months ago, they were involved in a similar tragedy, the Manchester bombing at Grande’s own concert.

As Gossip Cop reported at the time, Grande has just finished a May show at the Manchester Arena when a bomb exploded at the venue. Twenty-two people were killed and approximately 250 were injured in what was quickly labeled a terrorist attack. Grande postponed her subsequent concerts, but she and Braun then embarked on organizing “One Love Manchester,” a star-studded benefit concert for victims of the bombing.

In the aftermath of that tragic event, many stars, especially music artists, questioned how a concert could be turned into a scene of death and destruction. Now just a few months later, celebrities are expressing those thoughts again now that a gunman fired into a crowd of concertgoers as Aldean performed at a Las Vegas country music festival. As of press time, officials have confirmed 58 people are dead and more than 500 people were injured.

In the hours since the heartbreaking news broke, stars have been tweeting their reactions and a number of celebrities have been calling for stricter gun control. Grande herself posted on Twitter, “My heart is breaking for Las Vegas. We need love, unity, peace, gun control & for people to look at this & call this what it is = terrorism.” Others have also objected to the shooting not being labeled domestic terrorism.

Meanwhile, Braun shared a lengthy post on all of his social media pages. He began, “I don’t really have words this morning. I am deeply saddened. And as horrifying as it is to say I can’t tell you I’m surprised or never felt this way before. Our greatest challenges are ahead of us. What took place in Las Vegas last night should never happen. What took place in Manchester should never happen. What took place in Charlottesville should never happen. But they are all happening. And ALL of them are terrorist attacks.”

“They all strike fear in our ability to live our lives. They all make us question taking our children, our friends, our loved ones… to public events that are supposed to bring us joy… in fear of devastation. They are all attacks on our way of life and our way of love,” he continued, going on to ask, “What will we choose to do in response? Will we just instagram and move on? Will we think this is about a hashtag with the word #vegas in it? Or will we wait until the next one affects us? THIS ONE affects us. #LasVegas is ALL of us. This is an attack on your friends, your family, your kids, your way of life.”

Braun urged, “So as we think about those lost and those hurt this morning… what do you and I owe them? We owe them our courage. We owe them our faith. We owe them our strength and our spirit to rise up and come together and demand not only better now but better Tomorrow.” The music manager further shared, “When I was in Manchester I witnessed something defiant. At the end of the One Love Manchester show… only 2 weeks after the attack and less then 24 hours since the london attack…when the cameras were off… the crowd of 55,000 brave souls started to sing. The echoed the words ‘Manchester we’re strong, we’re strong, we’re strong. We’ll keep singing our songs, our songs, our songs!’ This repeated for 15 minutes as they exited. Defiance in the face of fear.”

He added, “Las Vegas we’re strong. We’re strong. We’re strong. We’ll keep singing our songs…Together. RIP to those lost.” Braun also included video of the singing in Manchester. Watch below.

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