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Celebrities Push for More Than Just ‘Prayers & Condolences’ After Florida Shooting

The Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, claimed the lives 17 people, most of them teenage students at the South Florida school. It was the 18th school shooting in the 45 days of 2018 so far, and as usual, the politicians who apparently have it in their power and jurisdiction to do something to stop these horrific massacres from happening are still offering their ephemeral “thoughts and prayers” to the victims, their families and everyone else touched by this terrible tragedy.

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There is decades-worth of data from other countries that prove gun control works because school shootings do not happen with this frequency seemingly anywhere but the United States these days. There are actions that could be taken. But our politicians never do, and until they do, this isn’t the last time this will happen. More children will die.

In the wake of this horrific event, many celebrities have taken to social media to demand an end to the seemingly pithy condolence “thoughts and prayers” and instead enact some real legal changes. Gun control: that’s what they want — and what Americans everywhere want. Among those calling for real action to put sensible gun laws in place on Wednesday were Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Banks, Chelsea Handler and Mark Ruffalo. You can read their full comments below.

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In the wake of more than a dozen more dead, it’s become abundantly clear across social media that many people have had enough of “thoughts and prayers.” There is a fatigue that this requisite sentiment, which seems to get spat out with increased regularity, is no longer sufficient in easing the pain we feel or the fears around when the next mass shooting will happen. Simply put, Americans have had it. We are tired.

Will this be the time politicians step up? We can only hope this is the last time we have to watch American children die completely preventable deaths.

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