Celebrities, in the wake of the Islamic terror-tied murders at an Orlando gay night club that left 50 dead and 53 injured, have taken to social media to demand more gun control and less Donald Trump – their perceived sources of the problem.
Actress Susan Sarandon, for instance, put out this tweet: “Prayers are not enough. Time for a ban on automatic weapons. There is only one reason they exist and that is to kill our fellow man.”
She was soon after ripped for her reference to “automatic” weapons, and forced to amend her original tweet.
She wrote: “Meant semi-automatic weapons. Guns that are not used for hunting anything but humans.”
And to that, social-media poster “Sonny” tweeted: “@SusanSarandon No you meant automatic because you’re clueless. Somebody corrected you and now your in cover your ass mode.”
Shortly after, Sarandon retweeted a link to a story from the New York Daily News with a headline suggesting the need for more gun control, that read: “Assault weapons have made mass murder commonplace in the U.S. How lawmakers can save lives.”
She’s hardly the lone celebrity to piggyback the Orlando terror attack with calls for gun control.
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Cher tweeted, in all caps: “If nothing else, automatic assault rifles & those that can be made in2 assault weapons w/ huge clips … must be banned. #AssaultWeaponsOnlyKillMan.”
Cher also tweeted a photograph of her own face against a rainbow flag backdrop, with an icon of a broken heart in place of the word “heart” that read: “someone made this 4 me … im so pround … AND YET … MY [heart image] IS BROKEN.”
Comedian Chris Rock posted on Twitter a picture of an AR15 above this text: “Military weapons belong in the military.”
And longtime left-leaning actress Julianne Moore, who’s also publicly touted her atheistic moral compass, wrote a couple of tweets on the matter.
Moore posted: “How many people have to be killed before we act as a nation to #EndGunViolence? #Orlando.”
She also posted this: “Email or call your Representative and ask them why they have done nothing to #EndGunViolence #Orlando.”
And another, blunt in its call for gun bans: “It’s time to ban assault weapons. #EndGunViolence.” That one was a reply to another tweet that listed: “Orlando: AR-15; Aurora, AR-15; Sandy Hook: AR-15; San Bernardino: AR-15.”
As the National Shooting Sports Foundation writes, however, “AR-15-platform rifles are … today’s modern sporting rifle. The AR in ‘AR-15’ rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. ‘AR’ does not stand for ‘assault rifle’ or ‘automatic rifle.’ AR-15-style rifles are not ‘assault weapons’ or ‘assault rifles.’ An assault rifle is fully automatic – a machine gun. Automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934. … ‘Assault weapons’ is a political term created by California anti-gun legislators to ban some semi-automatic rifles there in the 1980s.”
Meanwhile, other Hollywood types, like openly “gay” George Takei, who once played a role on the “Star Trek” television series, took on Donald Trump for his comments about the need to take a harsher stand against radical Islamists in America – and for pointing out the correctness of his views.
Trump tweeted: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism. I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”
To that, Takei wrote: “Once again, Donald, you have shown why you cannot lead us. 50 people are dead, and you bask in congratulations.”