This past weekend, mass shootings in both Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas left at least 30 dead and more than 50 injured, prompting another national debate on gun control and violence. On a weekend when hundreds of thousands of people should have been celebrating at HARD Summer in Southern California or Lollapalooza in Chicago, the country was in a deep state of mourning, grief, and anger.
In response to the tragic loss of life and egregious acts perpetrated by terrorists of various backgrounds and ideologies, the dance music community’s elite voiced their opinions based on their understanding of the problems that are plaguing the country. Dubstep/house crossover producer/DJ Jauz had the most successful transmission, which 17,000+ people agreed with:
I know everyone is having a blast at all the festivals this weekend, so sorry to be a buzzkill
But there were 2
IN TWO DIFFERENT STATES
IN THE LAST 24 HOURS.
Is this the new normal???? We’re all okay living in this reality?? Because I’m NOT
— JAUZ (@Jauzofficial) August 4, 2019
Other EDM heavyweights, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Vassy and more – hailing from Canada, Australia and other countries that do not guarantee a right to bear arms – suggested sweeping legislation and gun buy-back programs that have proven to be controversial at best:
Here’s a troubling statistic: You’re more likely to be shot to death in the United States than you are to die in a car accident in Canada. It’s time to ban guns. It was time long ago. Such a sad day, so many innocent people losing their lives to gun violence.
— BTSM not BDSM (@OfficialBTSM) August 4, 2019
Mass shootings are happening on such a frequent basis here in the US #EnoughIsEnough it’s simple guys #GunControl #gunreformnow Australia did it a couple decades ago and it has decreased shootings by an astronomical percentage by implementing #GunControl
— VASSY (@VASSY) August 4, 2019
Regardless of view or suggested solution, everyone agrees that the acts taken by the cowardly shooters are to be condemned.