SInger John Mellencamp took to Twitter on Tuesday to protest Congress’s response to the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Mellencamp was unhappy with the gun bill the Senate had just introduced at the time of his tweet. Their bill improves background checks, provides mental health and school safety funding for states that enact red flag laws, and closes the “boyfriend loophole,” which allowed those who have been violent with a romantic partner to buy a gun.
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“Only in America, and I mean only in America, can 21 people be murdered and a week later buried and forgotten, with a flimsy little vignette, a vague idea of some kind of law on the gun control on senators’ desks,” Mellencamp wrote. “What kind of people are we who claim we care to be pro-life?”
The 80-page bipartisan Safer Communities Act was introduced after the Labor Day on Tuesday, and the Senate voted 64 to 34 to bring it forward two hours later, before the summer recess begins in the end of this week.
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“Just so you know, anyone reading this…the politicians don’t care about you, they don’t care about me, and they don’t care about our kids,” Mellencamp added. “So with that happy thought in mind, have a great summer, because it won’t be long before this happens again.”
Mellencamp, now 70, released his last album this year and still has over 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify.