Valentine’s Day should have been a day to celebrate love, instead, it was a day that the United States of America was once more struck by a tragedy: 19-year-old, Nikolas Cruz opened fire on the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring at least 14 others. This is the 18th school shootings in the 45 days since the start of the year.
Unsurprisingly, the reactions far and wide have been of hurt and outrage. Many are criticizing Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio for tweeting that it was a “day you pray never comes” when he has received $3,303,355 and an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. The senator’s prayers are ineffective in ending gun violence, and these 11 Latinx celebs are stepping up and making sure that their voices — and their calls to action — are heard.
1. John Leguizamo wants you to donate to fight gun violence in America.
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) February 15, 2018
He makes us want to do so. much. more.
2. Lin-Manuel Miranda demands gun control NOW.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) February 15, 2018
Yes, yes, and ALL the yes.
3. Gloria Estefan is hurt for her “beloved Florida.”
And on this day that we should be celebrating love, my beloved Florida is once again assaulted by gun violence. Yet again senseless misery is inflicted on the loved ones of innocent victims whose only fear should have been not being able to finish their homework.😔🙏🏻What now?
— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) February 14, 2018
We’re all asking the same question: What now?
4. Ricky Martin shows that his heart is with the victims.
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) February 15, 2018
Our hearts, too.
5. Camilla Mendes grieves for her former home.
#Parkland used to be my home, my sister attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas when I was in elementary school there. It’s devastating that such a violent tragedy happened in a place that I’ve always considered safe, a place that I associate with such innocent, childhood memories.
— Camila Mendes (@CamilaMendes) February 15, 2018
The children have lost their innocence.
6. Gina Rodriguez retweeted the wise words of Elizabeth Banks.
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) February 15, 2018
Maybe Marco Rubio needs to see this one…
7. She also retweeted what Andy Richter said.
The only right I care about today is the right of children to not be murdered in their school by someone wielding a weapon of war
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) February 14, 2018
This is a VERY good point. It shouldn’t be so easy for anyone to buy an assault weapon like an AR-15.
8. Constance Marie wants to protect the children.
THESE CHILDREN in America are PLEADING WITH US GROWN UPS to protect them! To fix this mass shooting, gun violence PROBLEM! And we have LET THEM ALL DOWN! @marcorubio @GOP #ProtectChildrenNOTTheNRA https://t.co/QNrE7YYHoY
— Constance Marie: check me out-Instagram & Tik Tok (@goconstance) February 15, 2018
It’s disgusting to see grown ups ignore the pleas of children.
9. Soledad O’Brien reminded us about the facts.
In Feb 2017 President Trump repealed a measure aimed at blocking gun sales to certain mentally ill people.
The GOP-majority Senate passed the bill by a 57-43 margin earlier this month, following a House vote to overturn the rule. (Source: NPR 2/2017) https://t.co/DUnParFvU9
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) February 15, 2018
Yes, basically Trump has made it easier for people like the shooter to get their hands on these deadly weapons.
10. Stephanie Beatriz retweeted Cheryl Strayed’s reminder that prayers do nothing.
Dear leaders who do nothing to end gun violence in America (and the people who vote for them): Save your empty prayers for the dead and injured and forever suffering. Without action, your prayers are meaningless. Any God worthy of your faith would tell you to go fuck yourself.
— Cheryl Strayed (@CherylStrayed) February 15, 2018
Action, action, action. Yes, that’s what we need.
11. Melissa Fumero talked about her heartbreak and reminded us this is not normal.
My heart is so broken for my other home of South Florida. I’m also mad af. 18 shootings. In 45 days. This is an enormous crisis and we all better start treating it as one and CHANGE. THIS IS NOT NORMAL. THIS IS NOT OK. https://t.co/6PChlopR2y
— Melissa Fumero (@melissafumero) February 14, 2018
Remember that forever: THIS IS NOT NORMAL. THIS IS NOT OK.