Stars' emotional messages for stricter gun control

Madonna makes impassioned call for gun control to be treated as "the new vaccination"

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19/04/21 | StarsInsider

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Gun control is a topic that divides millions of people. The right to bear arms is written into the United States constitution, but calls for revised gun laws have been made for years. It's a sensitive issue, made prevalent thanks to the issue of gun violence. Recently, President Joe Biden started to take measures for stricter gun control. "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment,” the American president said. It's an issue, celebrities have been raising for quite some time now. 

Following the recent police shootings of Daunte Wright, 20, and Adam Toledo, 13, Madonna took to social media with an impassioned call for stricter gun control, claiming it should be treated as "the new vaccination." On April 17 she shared a video of herself putting up posters with the hashtags “#GunControlNow” and “#WakeUpAmerica," and she wrote, “There’s a new Vaccination!! Its called GUN CONTROL! Should be mandatory. It will SAVE LIVES!”

In a second Instagram post, she wrote further about Toledo and Wright's deaths: “The Officers who killed them are only being charged with manslaughter. This is insanity. Horrific. And yet it has become normalised in our society.” She explained that if guns "were outlawed then no one would feel the need to own a gun to protect themselves from those who have guns," and added that police "Shooting and suffocating and brutalising innocent people ... should go immediately to jail for the rest of there [sic] lives. No trial, no corrupt justice system.”

The sensitive issue of gun violence affects millions around the world, and a great number of public figures have asked for stricter gun control legislation. Click on to meet the celebrities who have spoken out about gun control.

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