newtown connecticut shooting sandy hook celebrity twitter reactions gi Celebs react to Sandy Hook school shooting with calls for gun control, prayer

Only a few hours after the horrific elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, celebrities and other familiar names have already expressed shock, sorrow and a few calls to action. Here is a roundup of messages left by many on Twitter.

Reports indicate that more than 20 people — many of them children — were killed when a young man began shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Although there are many political and news figures publicly declaring that this is not the time for politics, many of the Twitter messages indicate that this is where people’s thoughts are going.

Michael Moore (documentarian behind “Bowling for Columbine”)
“Too soon to speak out about a gun-crazy nation? No, too late. At least THIRTY-ONE school shootings since Columbine.”

Mia Farrow (actress)
“Gun control is no longer debatable- it’s not a ‘conversation’- It’s a moral mandate.”

Piers Morgan (CNN host)
“This is now President Obama’s biggest test — will he have the courage to stand up to the American gun lobby?”
Patton Oswalt (comedian)
“Yeah, I’ll wade right the f**k into this: MORE gun control, MORE mental health services. It’s no longer a debate. Never was. #newtown”

Rashida Jones (actress, “Parks and Recreation”)
“Gun control is our only road to freedom. Freedom from the fear of senselessly losing children. I’m so saddened. WE NEED LAWS NOW.”

John Boehner (Republican Speaker of the House)
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families & victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy #prayfornewtown”

Elisabeth Hasselbeck (TV personality)
“Please #prayfornewtown. Praying with you. #whyGodwhy”
Taylor Lautner (actor)
“My prayers go out for the victims of the shooting at #SandyHook Elementary in Connecticut. #PrayforNewton #CTshooting”

Mike Tyson (boxer)
“My thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims at Sandy Hook elementary school.”

Demi Lovato (singer, X Factor host)
“My heart is absolutely broken after hearing about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school.. Wow.. So terrible”

Posted by:Laurel Brown