Ashton Kutcher Reveals He Had His Birthday Party at Thousand Oaks' Borderline Bar, Urges 'Gun Reform Now!'

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Ashton Kutcher attends City Summit 2018 - Day 2 at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 3, 2018 in Universal City, Calif.

The actor tweeted demanding action in the wake of Wednesday's mass shooting at the California country bar.

Ashton Kutcher made an emotional plea for gun reform on Friday (Nov. 9) after revealing that wife Mila Kunis threw a 40th birthday party for him at the Borderline Bar & Grill in February, the site of the mass shooting that killed 12 in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday night.

In a series of tweets, the star of Netflix's The Ranch wrote, "Only reason we are alive is the shooter chose a different night. My heart goes out to the victims. I'll say it again... Gun Reform Now! Politicians need to stop standing behind the dollar & Protect the people!"

The Iowa-native actor added that he grew up a hunter and worked at a gun club as a kid, as he sent out a personal note to first daughter Ivanka Trump. "Your brother in law was at my birthday party. He could have just as easily been a victim," he wrote. "You go to synagogues you could be a victim! Talk to your dad! Plead with your dad! Let this be your legacy!" Making a strong push for initiatives that would keep deadly weapons out of the hands of those struggling with mental illness, Kutcher revealed that a friend of his gave him a gun as a gift in the parking lot of the Borderline at his birthday party, a weapon he's never shot, and which he now says he probably never will.

Hundreds of residents of Thousand Oaks -- located 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles and considered one of the safest cities in the nation -- gathered on Thursday to mourn the 12 people murdered at the club by a 28-year-old former Marine gunner and Afghanistan war veteran. The shooter allegedly stormed the bar dressed all in black with his hood pulled up, tossing smoke bombs as he opened fire with a .45-caliber semi-automatic Glock handgun, which was purchased legally but included an illegal extra-capacity magazine.

The nation's latest mass shooting took place during the Borderline's weekly country line dancing college night, with a number of the patrons who fled the hail of bullets revealed as survivors of last year's mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, when a lone gunman sprayed unsuspecting country music fans with automatic gunfire from a sniper's nest in a hotel, killing 58 and wounding more than 500; former first daughter Chelsea Clinton retweeted a statistic from civil rights activist Michael Skolnik on Thursday, noting that the Borderline incident marked the 304th mass shooting on the 312th day of 2018.

Among those killed at the Borderline were 29-year Ventura County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ron Helus, as well as a survivor of the Vegas shooting, 27 year-old Telemachus Orfanos. The Borderline attack took place less than two weeks after a shooter opened fire at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Congregation synagogue, killing 11 and wounding six in the deadliest attack against the Jewish community in U.S. history.

 

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand decried Congress' "infuriating" inaction on gun control and offered some hope for the future of gun reform when she stopped by The Late Show on Thursday in the aftermath of the Borderline shooting. The Democratic senator, who was just re-elected in New York during Tuesday's midterm elections, said, "Well, it is extraordinarily heartbreaking and it's infuriating because Congress literally has done nothing in the face of gun death after gun death in communities all across this country. And it is because of the greed: the greed of the gun manufacturers and the greed of the NRA," Gillibrand told host Stephen Colbert.

The pro-gun-reform lawmaker offered some hope for future reform based on Tuesday's results. "I do believe things are changing. And the reason why I believe that is because we had candidates run in this last election who ran on this issue," she said, citing Democrat Lucy McBath, who won a seat in the House of Representatives in Georgia's sixth congressional district and whose son was killed as a result of gun violence. She also mentioned Jennifer Wexton, who won in Virginia's 10th congressional district, where the NRA is located, on a platform of gun reform.

Check out the rest of Kutcher's tweets below.


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