Several celebrities are using their platforms to speak out about the recent school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, which left six people dead. Actor Josh Gad called on politicians to take action on gun laws while also urging his fellow celebrities to use their voices for change. Other celebrities, including Olympian Shawn Johnson, country singer Jana Kramer, and actress Niecy Nash, expressed their sorrow and frustration at the continuing gun violence in the country.
Singer Lauren Daigle postponed a scheduled concert to hold a prayer vigil for the victims of the shooting, while Nashville-based musicians such as Margo Price and Mickey Guyton criticized lawmakers for their inaction on gun control. According to the K-12 School Shooting Database, there have been 89 shootings on school grounds in the United States this year alone, highlighting the urgency of addressing the issue.
In the wake of the Nashville shooting, many are calling for stricter gun laws and increased funding for mental health resources. However, the debate over gun control remains a contentious issue in the country, with some arguing for greater Second Amendment rights and others pushing for more stringent regulations. As the number of school shootings continues to rise, many are hoping that celebrities and other influential figures can help spur meaningful change and prevent further tragedies (Brisco, 2023).