Dozens of high-profile artists took to social media Sunday to voice their horror at this weekend’s massacre, which left 50 patrons dead at Pulse, a prominent gay nightclub in Orlando.
While some celebrities simply offered their condolences and emphasized their support of the victims and their families, many others demanded the reform of U.S. gun laws, a move they insist could prevent future violent deaths.
“Sobbing,” tweeted talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres.
“Our hearts go out to all the families and loved ones of those lost in Orlando. #prayfororlando #loveisthecure,” singer Elton John added.
“The tragedy in Orlando is just beyond sad. My deepest regrets to all those suffering. There are no words that suffice. I’m…stunned,” Neil Patrick Harris posted.
“My heart and prayers are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence in Orlando. We cannot let this continue,” offered Danai Gurira, cast member of The Walking Dead.
“These shootings are a regular occurrence. You don’t get to be ‘shocked’ anymore unless you take action to stop them. Ban automatic weapons,” said filmmaker Seth MacFarlane.
“My thoughts go out to the families of the victims in Orlando. That is an insane loss of life. Senseless,” commented actor Idris Elba.
“I’m an ex Marine. Both of my brothers served in the military. I was raised with guns. And I tell you we have a gun problem. A big problem,” playwright John Patrick Shanley said.
“I’m too sad. Feeling helpless. I want a better world for my son. I want to take away the pain of the mothers of Orlando sons. so so sorry,” said singer-actress Idina Menzel.
“Our thoughts are with our friends in Orlando at this very sad and tragic moment. Our love and support to the Orlando LGBT Community and our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones,” Arrow actor John Barrowman and his husband Scott Gill said in a Facebook message.
Fifty people were killed and dozens were seriously injured when gunman Omar Seddique Mateen opened fired on club-goers early Sunday morning. The shooter was killed in an exchange of fire with law-enforcement officials.