KISS frontman Paul Stanley has called on lawmakers to enact tougher guns laws after another mass shooting Texas left at least seven people dead and a dozen injured.
In Saturday's attack around Odessa, a gunman opened fire at random following a traffic stop. Police have not publicly confirmed the suspect's identity or the weapons he used. The attack happened less than a month after gunmen killed 31 people in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio in back-to-back massacres that prompted fresh calls from congressional Democrats and the 2020 presidential candidates for stricter regulations on firearms to stem the violence.
Earlier today, Stanley took to his Twitter to write: "We don't have more 'crazy' or 'mentally unstable' people in the US. What we DO have are commonplace mass shootings with automatic and semi-automatic high powered firearms. THAT cannot be disputed. Tell me what we and our government must do. Prayers and sympathy are not enough."
Stanley 's tweet naturally angered some Second Amendment defenders, who told the KISS leader to stick to music.
"I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER but am asking for everyone's thoughts. Anyone who thinks I should 'stay in my lane' should leave now," Stanley responded.
"This is MY house. If you DO have opinions why shouldn't I? In this case I will leave up some of those dopey comments for your enjoyment. Not again."
Several other high-profile musicians have called on lawmakers to take action when it comes to gun laws in the United States, including Corey Taylor ( SLIPKNOT ), Nikki Sixx ( MÖTLEY CRÜE ), Sebastian Bach ( SKID ROW ), Dee Snider ( TWISTED SISTER ) and Alex Skolnick ( TESTAMENT )
According to the Gun Violence Archive , there have been 280 mass shootings in 2019, where at least four people were injured or killed excluding the perpetrators. To date, 602 people have died in mass shootings in 2019 and 2,356 have been injured.
On Sunday, President Donald Trump said that the Odessa mass shooting "really hasn't changed anything" about how lawmakers are approaching gun control legislation.
In recent weeks, Trump has called for more attention to be placed on mental health, arguing that new facilities are needed for the mentally ill as a way to reduce mass shootings.
We don’t have more “crazy “ or “mentally unstable “ people in the US. What we DO have are commonplace mass shootings with automatic and semi-automatic high powered firearms. THAT cannot be disputed. Tell me what we and our government must do. Prayers and sympathy are not enough. pic.twitter.com/KpWZa0xJcY— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) September 1, 2019