2020 Grammys

KISS' Paul Stanley Says 'Prayers and Sympathy Are Not Enough' After Texas Mass Shooting

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Paul Stanley attends 'Paul Stanley And His Fine Art' at Wentworth Gallery on Feb. 9, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

The shooting in Odessa and Midland, Texas, killed seven and injured more than 20.

KISS' singer/guitarist Paul Stanley posted a call to action on Sunday (Sept. 1) in the wake of yet another mass shooting in the U.S. Saturday's attack in Odessa and Midland, Texas, by a man in his mid-30s using an AR-style rifle resulted in the deaths of seven people and the wounding of at least 22 more, including a 17-month-old baby girl.

"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," wrote Stanley over a picture of the aftermath of the second mass shooting in Texas this month. "THAT cannot be disputed. Tell me what we and our government must do. Prayers and sympathy are not enough."

A short time later, Stanley added some response to those who said the veteran rocker should mind his own business. "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," he wrote. "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."

The alleged shooter was pulled over by Texas troopers in Midland on Saturday afternoon for a traffic violation, during which he opened fire with an AR-style, military-grade weapon and drove away, reportedly firing randomly at other drivers and civilians during the chase. He then hijacked a mail truck and continued firing indiscriminately as he drove to Odessa, some 20 miles away, where he was killed by police. The shooting came less than a month after a gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, less than 300 miles west of Odessa; that same weekend also saw a shooter kill nine and injure dozens in Dayton, Ohio.

While Pres. Trump seemed willing to talk about new gun regulations in the wake of the double mass-shooting last month, in the weeks since he appeared to have stepped back, pivoting to discussions of protecting the Second Amendment and mental health in language that often parrots that of the National Rifle Association.

Last month's mass shootings inspired John Legend to take a tour of the shooting site in Dayton and play an impromptu show for survivors two weeks ago and Kanye West to hold a Sunday Service there last weekend. Khalid immediately planned a Sept. 1 show in support of his adopted hometown of El Paso dubbed A Night for Suncity.

 


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