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Sophia Bush is firing back at online trolls who have been telling her she’s “a disgrace to America.” Among other (worse) things.
Those who follow Bush on social media know that the 35-year-old actress is politically outspoken on her platforms. The One Tree Hill alum regularly voices her opinions on President Trump and the GOP, and her critiques have kicked into high gear following Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, the deadliest in U.S. history. On Friday, she captioned a lengthy post on Instagram addressing the hate she’s received in response to her various posts.
“Some of you have come at me on social media recently, telling me that I deserve to die. … That I should get shot and stop complaining. All because I am heartbroken and really, really f***ing angry about America’s gun problem,” Bush began the post. “I’ve had people tell me to give up my body guards. Guess what? I don’t have any. Tell me that if I’d ever shot a gun in real life I’d feel differently. Guess what? I’ve been a sharp shooter since the age of 12, own my fair share of guns, & love nothing more than an afternoon at the range.”
It’s true. Bush has a concealed weapons permit in 32 states and told Shape that she even sleeps with a loaded gun under her bed.
“I’ve had people tell me that I live in a ‘celebrity/coastal/libtarded bubble’ & have no clue what real people go through,” she wrote. “That my outrage is just band wagon jumping. Guess what? My cousin’s 9 year old was murdered in a mass shooting. In Arizona. No coastal bubble in sight to save her. So STOP.”
Bush’s 9-year-old second cousin was one of six shot and killed outside of a supermarket in Tuscon during the same gathering that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition.
The Chicago P.D. actress continued, “If you’re more outraged that I’d say ‘f*** you’ to a President & GOP masquerading as leaders, than you are that they’re pushing laws to make silencers readily available (because they’re getting NRA $$) the same week of a mass shooting? Well then you & I have different priorities. And that’s fine.”
Bush went on to explain how she’s angry that the NRA “wants to sell more crap that we don’t need” so they can turn a profit.
“I’m angry that money is valued more than human life in this country,” she said. “I’d happily go through more rigorous background checks, wait longer to get a gun, or give my guns BACK, if it meant we could work toward stopping this madness. Saying it doesn’t work that way just ISN’T real. Data doesn’t lie. Every country that’s enacted some form of gun control has ended massacres.”
Bush concluded, “And for the ‘dangerous criminals who don’t abide by laws?’ That’s what our police & military are for. And they don’t think any of us need auto/semi-auto weapons or silencers either. So the next time you tell one of your fellow Americans to die/get raped/leave the country because she doesn’t like that leaders value kickbacks over children’s lives? Look in a mirror. Long & hard.”
This isn’t the first time Bush has made a public plea — as a gun owner — for change.
Ashton Kutcher made a similar statement following Sunday’s shooting.
Caleb Keeter, a guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, played the Route 91 Harvest Festival, where the shooting took place. He went on Twitter to explain that he had been a “proponent of the 2nd amendment” his entire life until now.
Keeter wasn’t met with many favorable comments, but they weren’t nearly as vulgar as what has come across Sophia Bush’s feed.
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