Yesterday, 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The shooter has been identified as Nikolas Cruz, 19, who was previously expelled from the school. Police say that Cruz used an AR-15 rifle, the same type of gun used at the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas as well as the mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas, San Bernardino, Calif., Aurora, Colo. and Newtown, Conn.
The Parkland shooting is now ranked as the third deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. The tragedy has once again sparked discussion about how to prevent shootings, including new gun control efforts. Many country music stars have taken to social media to share their shock, anger and frustrations over yesterday's events.
My heart is just broken.
— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) February 15, 2018
Praying for all the families in https://t.co/ruXiG3TvTF sad.
— Chris Janson (@janson_chris) February 15, 2018
More than anything else, people who want to hurt as many innocent children as they can, use guns to do it. I wonder how long it will take our government to do anything at all. I wonder how loudly the voices of every mother in this country can scream til they do.
— Jennifer Nettles (@JenniferNettles) February 15, 2018
Saddened and disgusted by the shooting in Parkland, FL. So close to my hometown. Such a pointless act of evil. Thoughts are with everyone affected. 😔
— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) February 15, 2018
Sending my love and more importantly prayers to the folks in Florida on this Valentine’s Day. There aren’t many words to genuinely help, but I am sorry. For the loss, the hate and the terror. Lot of people praying for y’all, we love ya.
— Chase Rice. (@ChaseRiceMusic) February 14, 2018
How terrible that a day that’s supposed to be about love has ended in violence? 17 killed by a semi automatic rifle in #Parkland and Congress does nothing... We are failing our children.
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) February 15, 2018
This is not the America we are capable of. Please get upset. https://t.co/Qg8DnfzOyU
— Cam (@camcountry) February 15, 2018
Am devastated for Parkland, Florida. This should not be happening. And yet....
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) February 15, 2018
I'm so ashamed that this is who we are. We don't care enough about the lives of children to prevent the purchase of assault rifles. I woke up crying, thinking about those kids who were waiting for their college acceptances, who were just going to school. Congress, this is on you.
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) February 15, 2018
I hate that I don’t even know what to say anymore. Something has to change. My Heart goes out to the victims and their families. https://t.co/9fGmBOvNQ6
— Lucie Silvas (@LucieSilvas) February 15, 2018