Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry Calls Out Trump Administration for Lack of Gun Control Action in Twitter Video

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Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES performs on stage at 2016 Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on Sept. 17, 2016 in Atlanta.  

On Monday (Nov. 6), Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry took to Twitter to voice her concerns on the United States’ current lack of gun control, following the mass shooting at a church in Texas that occurred Sunday (Nov. 5), leaving at least 26 dead.

The singer, who is originally from Scotland, filmed a video where she discusses remembering the horrific massacre that occurred two decades earlier in her childhood hometown, Dunblane. “In 1996, a gunman shot and killed 16 children and one teacher in a primary school there. I’ve been thinking a lot about that, in light of what happened in Texas yesterday,” she says in the clip.

She also recalls how quickly after the mass shooting, the United Kingdom took action and changed its gun control laws, banning all handguns. Only one mass shooting has occurred in the U.K. since then. 

Mayberry, who currently lives in the United States, calls out the Trump administration on their lack of action and their decision to value financial gain over the lives of the country’s citizens. “Mike Pence is among one of many republicans who take thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars from the NRA every single year, and he wants to talk about prayers and religion and being a good Christian,” she says.  “My thoughts and sadness and outrage are 100 percent with the people who lost loved ones yesterday, and in all these other horrific attacks, but prayers are not what stopped more atrocities like Dunblane from happening in the United Kingdom. Gun control did.”  

Watch Mayberry's video and read her full statement below.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GunControl?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GunControl</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GunControlNow?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GunControlNow</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dunblane?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Dunblane</a> <a href="https://t.co/0ZBOaIlLZX">pic.twitter.com/0ZBOaIlLZX</a></p>&mdash; Lauren Mayberry (@laurenevemay) <a href="https://twitter.com/laurenevemay/status/927577753087631360?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 6, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Until early in high school, I lived in a city called Dunblane in Scotland and in 1996, a gunman shot and killed 16 children and one teacher in a primary school there. I’ve been thinking a lot about that, in light of what happened in Texas yesterday.

I live and work in America -- I’m not American, but I love it here. But some things are confusing to me and it’s confusing to me that some people -- some politicians -- are working to protect the second amendment on the interest of the gun lobby than to protect the people that they are supposed to be serving. I was just a kid when the attack in Dunblane happened. I didn’t go to the primary school where it occurred, but I remember it and I remember what happened afterwards. Britain changed its gun control laws. I think it’s easy to see that more than one issue can be at play at once. 

It is a mental health issue, and it’s somewhere on the scale from ironic to disgustingly hypocritical that Donald Trump is talking about mental health with regards to this attack when his administration has done nothing but try to restrict access to help get care for people who need it the most, but it’s also about gun control. You can’t stop everything bad from happening in the world; you can’t take away people’s impulse to do things like this but you can restrict their access to resources that would allow them to murder on a much bigger scale.

Mike Pence is among one of many republicans who take thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars from the NRA every single year and he wants to talk about prayers and religion and being a good Christian. My thoughts and sadness and outrage are 100% with the people who lost loved ones yesterday and in all these other horrific attacks but prayers are not what stopped more atrocities like Dunblane from happening in the United Kingdom. Gun control did.