The first weekend of August, two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio left more than 31 people dead in the span of 14 hours.
The first shooting in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, Aug. 3 took 22 lives. Another nine people were killed in Dayton, Ohio. The two shootings are the latest in a dangerously common trend that have led to a toll of 255 U.S. mass shootings in 2019 as of today. The number of mass shootings has outpaced the number of days in the year.
In wake of the recent tragedies, the world has shown an outpouring of support and condolences for the communities affected. Artists and music industry figures, from Mija to Khalid to Lana Del Rey, and Bebe Rexha used their platforms to express their grief and provide comfort for those affected.
Mija, Khalid, and Riot Ten took to social media to announce their respective benefit concerts while Lana Del Rey wrote a song, “Looking for America” with Jack Antonoff in light of events. Meanwhile, Bebe Rexha urged her followers to talk to their senators to make changes against gun violence.
J.I.D. and Kacey Musgraves used their Lollapolooza slots to address audiences. The rapper dedicated a moment of silence to victims before his set, while the country singer addressed her concerns during a performance of her song, “Rainbow.”
“I can’t even believe that we’re having to process the s–t that’s happening in the last 24 hours, much less everything that’s happened in the last two-hundred and f–king fifteen days in America. I don’t know what the answer is but obviously something has to be f–king done,” Musgraves urged. “Maybe somebody will hear us if we all yell together to say, ‘Somebody f–king do something.”
the El Paso shooting was dark & horrifying… my heart is heavy for families that lost people they love. @clubhereiloveyou & I will donate all the profits from my aug 17 El Paso show to the El Paso Community Foundation.
info about Victims Shooting Fund is in my letter – ❤️ amber pic.twitter.com/4tjHfhMSmG
— MIJA (@hi_mija) August 6, 2019
Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking of ways to help out and support the city.
I’m planning for a benefit concert later this month, all of the proceeds will go to the families affected by the shooting. Sending everyone my love and will keep you guys updated
— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) August 5, 2019
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Hi folks came back early from Montecito with my brother this morning and asked Jack Antonoff to come into town because I had a song on my mind that I wanted to write. Now I know I’m not a politician and I’m not trying to be so excuse me for having an opinion- but in light of all of the mass shootings and the back to back shootings in the last couple of days which really affected me on a cellular level I just wanted to post this video that our engineer Laura took 20 minutes ago. I hope you like it. I’m singing love to the choruses I recorded this morning. I’m going to call it ‘Looking for America ‘ @jackantonoff @sharp_stick
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My thoughts and prayers go out to to all the victims and their families of El Paso and Dayton but I think we can all agree that acts of violence like this don’t belong in our country regardless of your age, race or political belief. I want to make a change and I think you want to as well. So here are STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE A CHANGE AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE. Swipe left 🖤 cc: @everytown Text “CHECKS” to 644-33. Ask your senator to support required background checks on all gun sales and a strong red flag law.
almost done finalizing this charity show im working w @nazaarmusic on for the victims of the shooting. so happy to help out with whatever we can.
100% of ticket proceeds will be donated.
full details this week.
— riot ten (@RiotTenMusic) August 4, 2019
— The Vidette (@The_Vidette) August 4, 2019
Photo credit: Josh Brasted