Let’s take a break from our regular celebrity chit chat to talk about Sandy Hook for a hot minute. Oh, and read what the celebs are saying about it.
Let me start out by saying that this isn’t going to be the kind of post where I get all wound up about something silly and start stringing swear words together for maximum shock value. Normally I like to steer clear of most political issues because I think everyone’s entitled to their own opinion and I don’t feel it’s necessary to get into it on a celebrity gossip blog, so with the exception of a couple of times I’ve posted about gay rights, an issue I feel passionate about, the most serious thing I’ve discussed on PCP is probably the fact that I think Jenelle Evans from Teen Mom 2 is a genuinely shitty mother to Jace.
I like to keep PCP a place of frivolous celebrity banter and steer clear of anything that’s more serious than what colour nail polish I’m wearing, leaving real issues to the real journalists. But this is different. I can’t help but feel strongly about this, so you’ll all have to deal with me getting up on my soap box to rant about something real for once. If it’s not to your taste, feel free to skip this post and wait for my next post, where we will return to regularly scheduled posting about LiLo and Amanda Bynes. If you have something to say, please feel free to do so in the comments, because I think a conversation about this is not only healthy, but necessary.
By now, you’ve probably all heard about the Sandy Hook school shooting, but if you haven’t, this is what happened. A guy called Adam Lanza shot and killed 27 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 of them were children between the ages of 5 and 10. Details are still kind of sketchy, but apparently he went from classroom to classroom shooting students and teachers. Honestly, though, the timeline of events doesn’t even matter because it’s not going to change the results of the massacre.
This is the part where I’m going to get up on my soap box. I actually cannot comprehend how America continues to let these shooting sprees happen and just dismiss the whole problem as ‘well, guns don’t kill people, people kill people.’ Well, sure. People do kill people, but you know what makes killing people a whole lot easier? Guns, and more specifically, assault rifles. I’ve read a lot of articles this morning, and one of the commenters said something along the lines of ‘if he’d gone into the school and killed 27 people with a hammer would we be talking about banning hammers?’ and honestly, his ignorance hit my brain like a hammer.
Here’s the thing. Aside from the fact that a hammer’s primary purpose is not to smash people’s heads in, but rather, to build and construct things, it’s highly unlikely that you’d be able to kill 27 people with a hammer before being apprehended by authorities. There’s a reason no one goes on ‘hammer sprees’ and it’s because it would never work. An assault rifle, on the other hand, has only one purpose, and that’s to do the most amount of damage in the shortest amount of time. Hence the term ‘assault rifle’.
After the Aurora shooting earlier this year, I was thinking about gun control. I just turned 27, and back when I was 11 Australia had a shooting spree in Tasmania, the Port Arthur Massacre. I had always known it had happened and I have a vague memory of my parents watching the news that day and being shocked at the tragedy, but obviously I was quite young and my parents shielded me from the gruesome details of the massacre, but I knew that this event was the catalyst for the gun control laws we have in place in Australia today.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Port Arthur massacre, you can click here to find out more about it. Be warned, there’s a second by second, play by play account of the entire event, and it is horrifying to read. From this Wikipedia site, this is a summary of what PM John Howard introduced in the wake of the Port Arthur Massacre:
Semi-automatic rifles and pump action/self-loading shotguns were banned from civilians and a genuine reason was required for all other firearms. Licensing is also introduced, and both a firearms license and a buyers permit are necessary to legally purchase a firearm. Furthermore, an acceptable reason must be stated on the permit for buying the weapon, and a minimum 28 day “cooling off” period must be enforced before the issuing of the license.
Now, ask me how many shooting sprees we’ve had in Australia since 1996. The answer is none. Have we had shootings? Yes, absolutely, because if someone wants to shoot someone they will absolutely find a way, but senseless, tragic shooting sprees where dozens of people are slaughtered? No, because you can’t just head out and purchase this kind of weapon which WordPress won’t even let me upload as a picture but is the weapon that saw to the deaths of 20 children today.
Another argument I saw pop up a lot after Aurora was the ‘but we need to defend ourselves, and what about the farmers!’ etc etc etc. I have a feeling that a lot of Americans don’t understand the difference between the terms ‘gun control’ and ‘no guns ever’. They’re not one in the same. Like I said, you can still have guns in Australia, but you need to have a legitimate reason for having one. For those of you who missed it, you should read Jason Alexander’s (the Seinfeld Jason Alexander, not the 55-hour husband of Britney Spears Jason Alexander) long tweet about gun control.
The most horrifying part of this massacre is that it was entirely preventable, but America continues to sit back and allow this to happen over and over and over again. I was shocked when they didn’t bring in gun control after Columbine. Here’s Bill Clinton addressing the nation about that massacre:
I was appalled when they didn’t bring in gun control after Virginia Tech. Here’s George Bush addressing the nation about that massacre:
And here’s Obama addressing the nation today about the Sandy Hook massacre:
Three different presidents and still no change. It’s genuinely scary that America continues to be devastated by these preventable atrocities but refuses to address the problem and campaign for change. #PrayForNewton is trending on Twitter at the moment, and I completely sympathise with that, but you know what should be the number one trending topic on Twitter right now? #PetitionForGunControl. #GunControlNOW. #EnoughisEnough.
America, I love you. I would move there in a heartbeat if I could if your country wasn’t so damn hard to get into. But today? You should be sad, absolutely, you should be devastated, because it’s a tragic loss that your country is feeling today. But you should feel angry. You should feel embarrassed.
If they had brought in gun control after Columbine it’s a fairly safe assumption that all of the people who were killed at Virginia Tech, Aurora and Sandy Hook would be alive today, and you should be angry that your country allows this to continue happening. Since 1999 America has suffered through 31 school shootings, while the entire rest of the world has dealt with 14 (thanks to my real journalist friend Tyson for this stat.). That’s embarrassing. America’s acquiescence regarding gun control is nothing short of appalling and it’s time for change. How many more innocent people have to die before you realise that gun control is the only solution. Enough is enough. America, it’s time to get your shit together.
And now, I have a slew of links for you to read more about Sandy Hook, and then we’ll get into the celebrity reactions.
And now, the celebs tweet:
Katie Couric: Shocked & saddened to hear this morning’s news… My heart goes out to the families of #SandyHook Elementary children, faculty, staff
Kim Kardashian: In total shock over the school shooting in Ct! 18 children shot dead & 9 adults by a father of one of the kids! What has this world come to
Khloe Kardashian: I am sick to my stomach. 18 children and 9 adults lives were stolen today. I’m so sorry for the sadness and pain this has caused. PRAY
Kourtney Kardashian: If this tragedy doesn’t change something in this country regarding guns…I just want to scream and cry. Deeply saddened. Praying
Lindsay Lohan: This is absolutely horrifying. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families in Newton, CT. So unbelievably sad.
Blake Shelton: The killing of defenseless people and innocent children. I’m sad and sickened. This is why we all should be prepared to defend and guard.
Ian Somerhalder: We are sad.Our hearts,thoughts&help are w/you.Im so sorry to all affected by this.So sorry.May all thelove in the world hug you in this time
Christina Applegate: There are just no words. Only sorrow. We are all shedding tears today for those families.
Hilary Duff: Oh my.I am shocked.Heartbroken.Devastating news about this elementary school
Mandy Moore: Absolutely devastating news this morning. There are no words.Thoughts, prayers and love to all in #Newtown.
Bethenny Frankel: MONSTER. Those poor helpless children & babies. I don’t remember hearing something so evil
Mia Farrow: Gun control is no longer debatable- it’s not a ‘conversation’- It’s a moral mandate. ‘
Piers Morgan: Don’t just mourn these poor dead children America – get angry and do something to stop these senseless shootings happening.
Randy Jackson: Thoughts and prayers go out to those in Connecticut
Sophia Bush: My heart aches for Connecticut ….
Maria Menounos: Heartbreaking.As many as 20 children shot by gunman this morning at a CT elementary school.Multiple fatalities reported. #Connecticut #pray
Michael Moore: Only minutes away from pundits & politicians say, “This isn’t the time to talk about gun control.” Really? When is that moment?
Steve Carell: Pray for Sandy Hook, Newtown CT.
Courteney Cox: Praying for Sandy Hook
Kevin Spacey: Just heard about the shooting in Connecticut. My thoughts go out to all who are dealing with this sad news.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Sending positive thoughts to the families at the school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Sherri Shepherd: My heart is broken for the parents, family & faculty of #SandyHook Elementary School… can’t stop praying & crying. Such a senseless act
Alyssa Milano: What the f*ck is wrong with people?
LuAnn de Lesseps: Shocking news about the shootings in Ct. Just heartbreaking. Prayers are being sent. We have got to address gun control.
Marlee Matlin: PRAYERS to families at Conn school. I’m absolutely sick to my stomach that this violence took place where children are supposed to feel safe
Damon Lindelof: Guns don’t kill people. Clouds and balloons kill people. Oh. Wait. Nope… it’s f**king guns.
Kristin Chenoweth: Well im hearing about this shooting in CT. Praying. Sending prayers.
DJ Pauly D: My Prayers Go Out To Everyone Affected By This Horrible Shooting In Connecticut
Patton Oswalt: Dear media: Any way you could, JUST ONCE, not publicize the shooter’s face & name, so as not to inspire more of these insects?
Rashida Jones: Gun control is our only road to freedom. Freedom from the fear of senselessly losing children. I’m so saddened. WE NEED LAWS NOW.
Joy Behar: My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Sandy Hook Elementary.
Brandi Glanville: I can not believe this school shooting, what is wrong with people!!!! My heart is breakking for the kids and families.
Chris Harrison: Absolutely gutted by this shooting in #SandyHook prayers go out to the families & especially those children
Josh Duhamel: My heart hurts for the victims & their families of the CT school shooting. This needs to stop. Schools must be safe again.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Please #prayfornewtown. Praying with you. #whyGodwhy
Joe Jonas: Please Pray for everyone in Newtown, Connecticut.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson: I’m sick to my stomach about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. All my thoughts are with the community of Newtown, CT.
Larry King: This is a double horror story-the horror of the senseless deaths & that this continues 2happen in this country
Lucy Hale: Absolutely devastated by the Newton shooting. Praying so hard for the families & all involved. I’m at a loss and will never understand.
Ashley Benson: Love and prayers go out to all those affected in the shooting today. It’s absolutely devastating. #PrayForNewton
Brooklyn Decker: Any news outlet with any ounce integrity will NOT interview the children right now… What in the world are these people thinking…?!
Kevin McHale: No words, this is a horrific tragedy. Thoughts are with all the children, parents & teachers.
Caroline Manzo: school shooting in Connecticut is heartbreaking – poor little babies – may God be with them all
Vivica A. Fox: OMG!! My prayers go out to all of the families affected by the school shooting in Connecticut!!My heart aches!! WHY?? #GuncontrolASAP
Chad Johnson: Just seeing my news feed on the Connecticut shooting, what is going on, prayers to the families and students involved.
Adrienne Maloof: Terrible terrible news about the shooting in Connecticut. Sending thoughts and prayers to everyone involved….
Jo Jo: I will NEVER understand such horrific violence. God help us all. Please pray for victims, loved ones, & all those affected by CT shooting.
Vinny Guadagnino: Praying for the Victims in the Connecticut school shooting. This is happening too much .
Jenna Ushkowitz: My heart goes out to all the Families and children affected by the CT shooting. When will the violence end?
Ray J: Thoughts and love go out to those in Connecticut at the school shooting. Life is never guaranteed, make it count
Holly Robinson Peete: I’m following #SandyHookElementary shooting reports like it’s MY child’s school #parentsworstnightmare
Joan Rivers: Hearing the news of the sad tragedy in CT. I’m horrified and heartbroken – my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
Jordin Sparks: Those precious children…I will never understand the evil in this world. On my knees praying for those families. I am in tears.
Rita Ora: Wow this is horrific everybody in Connecticut the children my love and the bots love goes out to you #isthereanyhopeleft
Kate Walsh: Horrible. My thoughts and prayers go out to the children in newton and their families.
Miranda Lambert: I’m praying for those babies and all the victims of the Connecticut shooting. May God bring peace to the families.
Audra McDonald: No words. #prayfornewton
Giuliana Rancic: This tragedy is beyond heartbreaking. Imagine how excited these little kids were for the holidays. Why? Why? Why? Tragic and senseless.
Keri Hilson: It’s time to re-evaluate those gun laws you spoke about, @BarackObama. Prayers for surviving children & families in Newtown, Connecticut.
Craig Ferguson: Terrible news story today. Please forgive edit in tonight’s pretaped show because it’s not such a great day for America.
Katherine McPhee: I’m so saddened over the shootings in CT. In light of such an evil act, #PrayForNewton.
John Stamos: soulless coward pulls trigger, children die, officials express regret and then what -we wait for the next shooting? how do we stop this?
Ethan Suplee: The rights of those who own and use guns within legal parameters are not worth the lives wasted by those who do not.
Ashley Greene: Some things are just bigger than me and impossible for me to understand. My thoughts and prayers are with the families in Connecticut.
Snoop Dogg: Sending love 2 the families in Connecticut for their tragic loss. 2day I bow my head in sadness
Jenny McCarthy: Cant stop crying. My heart goes out to these familes.
Sarah Silverman: Band-Aids-on-Band-Aids @NRA people want MORE access to guns to combat all the people w access to guns.
Eva Longoria: My heart sinks as I hear the news of the Sandy Elementary shooting in CT…God Bless everyone and their families!!!
Michelle Branch: Gun control people!!! My heart is breaking. As a parent this is my worst nightmare.
Adam Shankman: This year: CO movie theater, OR mall, and now CT school. How many innocents must die before we enforce more gun control! Prayer for #newton
Malin Akerman: My heart goes out to all the victims and families of #SandyHook elementary school. Unbelievably sad.
Andy Cohen: This is too sad for words.
Martha Plimpton: Call your representatives and ask them to make #GunControl a priority TODAY
Kirstie Alley: No comprehension of such insanity, violence and evil…
Dax Shepard: I love guns. I have several, but I would gladly get rid of them if it would help prevent anything like this from happening again.
Lea Michele: There are no words to express the sadness of this unthinkable tragedy. Sending my prayers to the families in Newton CT.”
Brooke Burke: Unfathomable news in Connecticut. I have no words. Holiday spirit just got sucked out of me. I’m sick…
Paula Abdul: I can’t begin to imagine the horror everyone at #SandyHook Elementary in #Newtown endured today. It’s heart-crushing & unthinkable.
Jack Osbourne: My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families in Newtown, CT. It’s heart breaking.
Mike Tyson: My thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims at Sandy Hook elementary school.
Dianna Agron: Just hearing news of the Sandy Hook shooting. This is tragic & needs to stop. My heart goes out to all of those involved. #guncontrol
Nicky Hilton: My heart hurts..Sending love and prayers to the families and victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
Nina Dobrev: I have no words. I cannot understand how or why people have it in their being to do such terrible things…
Olivia Munn: So devastating… My thoughts and prayers are with all those with family and loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Kelly Ripa: There are no words…..just prayer.
Chloe Moretz: My heart and my prayers go out to all the children and there families affected by the tragedy that occurred in Connecticut today. Gob Bless.
Victoria Justice: Today is a very sad day… words cannot express the sadness I feel for Newton, Conn. and for all the families that have been affected.