Hip-hop artists respond to this tragic event.
The story that is rocking the world this morning is of the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas last night (October 1st), during the Route 91 music festival. In the middle of a performance from country music singer Jason Aldean, a shooter opened fire on the unsuspecting crowd from the balcony of his hotel room, leaving at least 50 dead and over 400 injured at last count. The shooter, a 64-year-old man named Stephen Paddock, was killed during the ensuing chaos, but it is not clear if he did the deed himself or if he was shot by a member of the Las Vegas law enforcement that rushed to the scene.
It is yet another chapter in the sad saga of events that has engulfed the United States in recent months. Many members of the hip-hop community took to Twitter to express their shock and heartbreak at the events that unfolded in Vegas over the last 24 hours. Some also used the opportunity to call out politicians for their lax attitudes on gun control, especially those who have facilitated the work of pro-gun lobbyists and the creation of protective legislation. View some of the many tweets below.
🙏🏽 for Vegas.— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 2, 2017
Lord help us— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) October 2, 2017
Waking up to this horrible news in Las Vegas is so heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who were tragically involved— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) October 2, 2017
Praying for LasVegas— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) October 2, 2017
just woke up...can't believe this is where we are now as a nation. Mind you this is w/o context ---how in god's name do they have auto? How? https://t.co/sqoF7PbkJW— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) October 2, 2017
Oh god at a music concert!?— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) October 2, 2017
PRAY FOR VEGAS 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— Desiigner (@LifeOfDesiigner) October 2, 2017
iiF This Country Wanted Shooting TO STOP THEY WILL BAND GUNS EASY #Pray4VEGAS 🙏🏾🙏🏾— Desiigner (@LifeOfDesiigner) October 2, 2017
Saying a prayer for all the victims & their loved ones, also for the residents & visitors of Las Vegas! This was a horrific act of terror!!— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 2, 2017
THAT DUDE THAT HURT ALL THOSE FOLKS AT THAT CONCERT PROBABLY WAS A GUN TOTING GUN FETISH LOVING NRA BARING ARMS AMERICAN! YEE HAW! - Lil B— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) October 2, 2017
we can't even enjoy anything anymore in public without the fear of domestic terrorism. I'm fucking heart broken smh— G4SHI (@G4SHI) October 2, 2017
Smh it was never this bad. Places u go to enjoy have become so unsafe!😢Prayers 4 those in Las Vegas who was there & the victims families🙏🏾— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) October 2, 2017
I will also do everything in my power to get Congress to pass comprehensive gun reform so these types of tragedies don't happen anymore.— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) October 2, 2017
Whoa. Vegas. WTF.— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) October 2, 2017
no one needs weapons like the one used in vegas. please don't tell me that's for deer hunting— vino bambino (@VicMensa) October 2, 2017
politicians: don't act like you care about mass shootings if you are anti-gun control— vino bambino (@VicMensa) October 2, 2017
Outside of the hip-hop world, other celebrities also sent their thoughts prayers to the victims as well as their families. Many were no less vocal about their disbelief that this sort of incident could even have taken place at all, with NBA star LeBron James summing it up best by exclaiming, "What the hell is going on people!?!?!" Former President Barack Obama lent his voice to the public outcry as well. You can view his and other celebrity reaction to his tragic incident below.
Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 2, 2017
Pray for Vegas!! 🤦🏾♂️. What the hell is going on people!?!? My prayers sent to the heavens above for all the families 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/wDpwZ7g4Pz— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 2, 2017
Woke up to the heartbreaking news from Las Vegas, my thoughts are with everyone and their families. Love. H— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) October 2, 2017
I am at a total loss for words over the senseless tragedy in Las Vegas. My heart goes out to the innocent victims and their families.— John Cena (@JohnCena) October 2, 2017
Saddened to wake up to such terrible news. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by the violence in Las Vegas.— DNCE (@DNCE) October 2, 2017
Our hearts are with Las Vegas and all those affected by this senseless, tragic shooting.— MTV (@MTV) October 2, 2017
My heart hurts this morning for Vegas 🙏🏻 gx #PRAYERSFORVEGAS— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) October 2, 2017
fuck. feel sick for the victims of las vegas and their families. i'm so sorry— Lorde (@lorde) October 2, 2017
In the aftermath of the Vegas shooting, embattled President Donald Trump addressed the media concerning the shooter, as well as the innocent people whose lives he took. You can watch Trump's comments in full below.
ICYMI: President Trump's full remarks on the Las Vegas shooting pic.twitter.com/y0oqTp0O4T— POLITICO (@politico) October 2, 2017