Today in Connecticut, there is a state-wide day of mourning as more of the child victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are laid to rest. As well as a teacher who died shielding her students. Bells throughout Connecticut are being run 26 times in honor of the 26 lives that were lost. Meanwhile, in a most insensitive display of tackiness, Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, held a press conference (without any questions) where he blamed gun violence on the media, videogames, music, movies, celebrities, funding for foreign aid, attention to sports, law enforcement, possible hurricanes….and gun-free school zone. Said LaPierre, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun…” *scratches head*

Mayor Bloomberg’s reaction to the NRA speech: “Instead of offering solutions to a problem they have helped create, they offered a paranoid, dystopian vision of a more dangerous and violent America where everyone is armed and no place is safe.”

Some of music and Hollywood’s biggest stars filmed a PSA to denounce the gun-lobby’s status quo, and demand a change in the approach to gun control here in America. Everyone from Beyonce, Chris Rock, Aziz Ansari, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Williams, Jessica Alba, Jamie Foxx, Carmello Anthony, Victor Cruz, and more appear in the “Demand a Plan” campaign

Watch the PSA, after the jump

Good for all these celebs involved. I’m not really a fan of this editing technique where you have multiple people just saying the same word over and over because you don’t want to create individual copy for each one, but I understand why it’s necessary for simplicity sake. Either way….the important part is that there is a need to “demand a plan.” And put it into action. As opposed to, as the NRA suggested, start arming schools.
Or maybe the NRA would rather we buy kids these bulletproof backpacks?
Or maybe the NRA and Gunplay can team up to launch a free state.

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