7 Of The Most Powerful Celebrity Tweets After The Santa Fe High School School Shooting

7 Of The Most Powerful Celebrity Tweets After The Santa Fe High School School Shooting

Santa Fe is not another statistic, Santa Fe is a turning point.

On May 18, students of Santa Fe High School in Texas went into a school to be faced with terror as they marked twenty-second school shooting this year.

Ten students and staff were killed while 13 others are injured. Some of the victims were as young as fifteen years. Horror spread throughout the nation as yet another act of gun violence was inflicted on our schools. People are fed up with the fear that has struck our nation and is ready for change to happen. Some celebrities tweeted out following the school shooting at Santa Fe High School. I have compiled a list of the most powerful tweets to the most recent school shooting.

1. Talk show host and comedian, Ellen DeGeneres.

DeGeneres, like many people, continue to send their love and condolences to victims and their families. However, she finishes off her tweet with, "we can do better than this. We much do better than this." It is clear that this is not the time to shy away from the gravity of this issue and it's on us, as a nation, to do something about it.

2. Actress and author, Mayim Bialik.

Bialik highlights the fact that Santa Fe High School just months before their shooting joined thousands of schools across the nation to walk out of class in protest for gun reform. The protesters rallied and fought but it's time for the real change that happens in Congress with President. Bialik ends her tweet with a loss for words stating, "I don't know that there are words anymore for what continues to happen in this country."

3. Singer and actress, Selena Gomez.

Gomez sent out two tweets after the shooting. It was clear that this tragedy hit close to home since she had grown up in Texas. She ends her first tweet with, "Congress continues to do absolutely nothing and it's infuriating." She is as frustrated as everyone else who has to continue to watch kids go to school in fear. Gomez follows up that tweet tagging @everytwon and encouraging people to get out and make this movement "even louder."

4. Parkland survivor and activist, Emma González.

González has been in the students of Santa Fe High School's shoes before. She acknowledges their support during the National School Walk Out and promises to support them in return. González also makes a powerful statement of what these students "deserve." They don't deserve this tragedy but they deserve action and support.

5. Actor, Bryan Cranston.

Cranston states the headline of an article posted by The Onion, a satirical online news site. The headline reads, "'No Way To Prevent This' Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens." He continues with questioning when everyone will be able to come together and stop the shootings. The fact that our nation has had so many acts of gun violence should say something. It is time for us to decide on a solution in order to save lives.

6. Singer and songwriter, Khalid.

"We need control," says Khalid in his tweet after the shooting. School is a place for learning and for students to become adults. This is not the time to argue but to save lives because students going to school in fear every day is not a way for our nation to function.

7. Actor, Mark Hamill.

Finally, Hamill knows that the only way for these shootings to end is if our politicians stand up and make a change. He wants them to stand up against the NRA and start passing legislation to obtain sensible gun laws. There is obviously a cycle that needs to end in order for things to change.

The other day in school my teacher went through a step by step process on how we should act if there were to be a school shooting at my high school. Every class, every lunch, and every drill fill students, like me, with fear.

Even though I live in New Jersey which has a lot of laws prohibiting people from obtaining a gun, I know that there is always the possibility. The students across America will be remembered for our strength and determination. We need to keep the conversation going about reasonable gun control. Santa Fe is not another statistic, Santa Fe is a turning point. I say ENOUGH, do you?

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Stop Yelling At Me For Being Conservative

What you shouldn't say to millennial Republicans.

Society today has a funny way of making Republicans seem like the scum of the Earth. The funniest thing is that it's actually not funny at all — it's an ignorant, rude way to treat people. See, America these days seems to be all about treating everyone fairly. That is, until differing opinions come about. How dare we Republicans view economics and politics differently? How dare we have our own opinions? How dare we identify as Conservative people, even as young adults?

So, without further ado, here are some things that I, a millennial Republican, am beyond tired of hearing.

"You're just a college girl, what do you know about politics?"

Yeah, I'm a basic white girl. I wear Converse to class and my sorority's letters are on my rear windshield. Guess what, though — I do my research. I've been following the presidential campaigns for months now. I've watched the debates, read the articles, visited the websites and studied the polls. I may be in a sorority and I may wear Converse, but I know what I'm talking about when it comes to this stuff. So, if you ask for my opinion, be prepared to hear a well-thought-out, educated answer.

"You only believe what your parents raised you to believe."

No, actually. My parents raised me to understand the value of hard work. They made me get a job when I was 16 years old so I could learn how to budget, save and provide for myself. My parents did not teach me to rely on other people to get what I want. My parents did not teach me to accept handouts. Therefore, I believe that success comes from hard work and dedication. I believe that each individual is responsible for his or her own success (along with his or her own property and obligations), hence why I identify as a Conservative.

"You're voting for him?!"

Yeah! I am! Funny, I thought we were all entitled to our own opinion. It turns out this is my opinion, and [insert candidate] has my vote. Cool how that works, huh?

"The GOP candidates this time around are horrible."

It doesn't take an idiot to see that none of the Republican candidates are the ideal presidential candidate. It also doesn't take an idiot to see that the same thing can be said of the Democratic candidates. Here's the reality: There never has been a perfect president, there never has been a perfect presidential candidate, there is no perfect president, there is no perfect presidential candidate, there never will be a perfect president and there never will be a perfect presidential candidate.

"You're so selfish."

Define selfish. I want my money to be my money and I want my rights to be my rights; I was unaware that that labels me as "selfish." I am confident that I can survive without the government's help.

"But don't you care about the old people/the kids/the environment/the homeless people/etc?"

Yes, I do. What I don't like is that my hard-earned money gets taken from me and used for other things. I'm not against helping out, don't get me wrong. I would love to donate to charities to help children and homeless people and the planet, that is if I had enough money to do so. Sadly, that money gets taken from me through taxes (Which could be considered forced donation, if you ask me. How is that fair?).

"But what about the minorities? You're just racist."

No, I'm not racist and yes, I do care about the minorities. I believe diversity is one of America's greatest qualities. What bothers me, though, is that society changes the meaning of "fair" when it comes to minorities. Yeah, it would be fair for us to all be able to pay our own medical bills and whatnot. Do you know what else would be fair? For even the members of minorities to get jobs and earn their way to success just like I'm trying to do. If illegal immigrants want to come to America, then they can go through the citizenship process, get a job and contribute to society. If they want to be treated equally, they need to start viewing themselves and treating themselves as working American citizens who pay the same taxes, get the same jobs and fight the same daily battles that we fight.

"You're hateful and/or heartless."

Nah. What I am is honest, self-sufficient and confident that other people can be honest and self-sufficient.

"You're ignorant."

Again, no, I'm not. As I've said several other times throughout this article, I know what I'm talking about and I can justify what I'm talking about. If anything, you're ignorant for accusing me of such things.

"You're crazy if you'd vote Trump over Sanders or Clinton if he's the chosen GOP candidate."

Please enlighten me on how this makes me "crazy." In this upcoming election, I will be voting for the candidate chosen by my political affiliation. The Republican Party's only strong opposing candidates include a self-proclaimed Socialist and a woman under FBI investigation. What I would consider "crazy" is if I voted for Sanders or Clinton over Donald Trump, just because Trump has offended some people before. (And no, this is not me saying I'm a loud and proud Trump supporter. In fact, Cruz has my vote either until he's elected into office or until Trump is chosen as the GOP candidate.)

Side note: I've heard the people, who hate Trump for being mean, say meaner things than that man ever has. A very wise man (Jesus, in John 8:7) once said, "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone."

What you should be saying to me is "Thank you," because I'm voting for freedom. I'm voting for civil liberties. I'm voting for constitutional rights. I'm voting for the will to succeed. I'm voting for the reward for hard work. I'm voting for the things that will actually help America keep prospering.

So, here's what I'll say to you: You're welcome.

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That One Time I May Have Shot An Ex-Police Officer

Yeah, you heard me.


In England, we don't really have guns, maybe hunting guns but I think it's pretty rare. Anyway, point is, barely any guns. I have never seen a gun, shot a gun, I don't even know anybody that owns a gun so as an exchange student in Oklahoma it's a novelty to visit a gun range.

I was pretty nervous about shooting but the instructor was super nice and told us how to hold the gun and load it before we went into the range. He also let us ask any questions we had about guns and explained the process of getting a gun in Oklahoma and he said he had visited Europe and was talking about England, and how he used to be a cop and opened his own gun shop. Basically a really really nice guy, which honestly makes harming him ten times worse.

We went into the range and we were shooting a 22 caliber and another guy at the range, I'm assuming a regular, asked if we wanted to fire his revolver so of course, we said yes.

This gun was definitely heavier and the trigger was super hard to pull but he kept his hand on the gun whilst I struggled with the trigger and then I fired it.

I heard a bang and I heard a yell.

I turned around and he was holding his thumb and there was blood dripping onto the floor. At this point, I thought I had shot him, so you can imagine the sheer level of panic that I was feeling.

The color drained from my face and I was frozen solid and all I could say was, "are you okay?" which was answered with a "Ma'am, put the gun down."

Basically, I'm freaking out and I look over at the lads for some form of reassurance, which was met with them looking equally as freaked out as me. So I asked,

"Do we need to call someone?"

"Yep. We are definitely gonna have to call someone"

So at this point, my nerves were shattered and I had no idea what was going on or what the procedure is for this sort of thing. I mean, the guy also took it like a champ and barely even winced and kept repeating "little lady, you're fine" – safe to say I did not feel fine nor did the situation, in my eyes, look at all fine.

Luckily the regulars knew what to do and took him to the ER so we were left in the store with another regular shooter.

Everyone else went back out to shoot but I didn't feel like assaulting/ shooting/ potentially murdering anyone else so I decided to sit this round out and talk to the woman that stayed with us and he called and said it wasn't me, something came off the bullet or gun and went into his hand- so no I didn't actually shoot him and he was going to be okay.

The point of this now very funny story is that whilst guns are cool they're also pretty dangerous.

I have no idea how someone can participate in these mass shootings because I didn't even shoot someone, only thought I did, and it was probably the most terrifying moment of my life.

So, if you are around guns, have fun, be safe and try not to send your instructor to the ER.

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