John Mellencamp is slamming lawmakers for not doing extra to cease college shootings.
The “Small City” singer criticized politicians over their response to gun violence, saying they “do not give a f*** about our youngsters.”
“Solely, in America, can 21 individuals be murdered and per week later be buried and forgotten, with a flimsy little thumbnail, a obscure notion of some kind of gun management regulation laying on the senators’ desks,” the 70-year-old musician and painter wrote on Twitter Tuesday, referring to the Uvalde, Texas, college capturing on Might 24.
“What sort of persons are we who declare that we care about pro-life?” he continued. Simply so you already know, anybody that is studying this… politicians do not give a f*** about you, they do not give a f*** about me, and so they do not give a f*** about our youngsters.”
He concluded, “So, with that cheery thought in thoughts, have a contented summer season, as a result of it will likely be simply a short while earlier than it occurs once more.”
Mellencamp’s feedback got here on Tuesday because the Senate voted to advance a brand new bipartisan gun management invoice. It will improve background checks and provides authorities as much as 10 enterprise days to evaluation the juvenile and psychological well being data of gun purchasers underneath 21. Funding would additionally go to assist states implement purple flag legal guidelines in addition to to increase psychological well being sources in communities and faculties and increase college security, amongst different issues.
It will not embody elevating the minimal age to buy an assault weapon from 18 to 21 or banning high-capacity magazines just like the Home of Representatives payments accepted earlier this month.
The Uvalde shooter legally bought an AR-15-style rifle on Might 17 — at some point after he turned 18. Three days later, he bought a second rifle, and in between purchased 375 rounds of ammunition. On Might 24, he killed19 fourth graders and two academics at Robb Elementary. The gunman additionally shot his grandmother within the face.
Mellencamp has lengthy spoken out towards gun violence, becoming a member of 200 different artists and music execs in 2016 in calling for gun reform within the wake of the Orlando nightclub capturing. Following the Uvalde capturing, he mentioned on MSNBC’s The Beat final week that information retailers ought to begin exhibiting the carnage of faculty shootings to open the eyes of these resisting reform.
“I do not know when you’re sufficiently old, however I bear in mind when Vietnam first began, and it was a dialog on the information,” the daddy of 5 mentioned. “However then, after they began exhibiting lifeless youngsters, individuals did one thing about it, and the nation united. I feel that we have to begin exhibiting the carnage of those children who’ve died in useless… If we do not present it, then they’re dying in useless, as a result of they’re simply going to go extra bulls*** legal guidelines like they’re attempting to get by way of now. Present us. Let the nation see what a machine gun can do to a child’s head.”