Actor Josh Gad, who lives near the Parkland, Florida, high school where a mass shooting took place on Wednesday, is vowing to take action against gun violence.


The son of a friend of Gad’s was shot and killed in the attack by the 19-year-old gunman, which took 17 lives of students and faculty at Parkland’s Stoneman Douglass High School. “I am so angry tonight. I am so sad,” Gad wrote Wednesday onTwitter. “I’m putting my phone down because we are debating sensible gun laws again. A child of one of our friend’s has a bullet in his chest & is critical condition because a 19 year old had access to a military weapon. Pretend it’s normal. It’s not.”

The next day Gad followed up to report that his friend’s son, who he did not identify, had passed away from a gunshot wound in his chest. “Last night, I received a text while I slept that our friend’s son passed away from his gun shot wound. My grief for this family and the many others knows no bounds. I’m so sorry this happened. I’m so sorry our leaders are worthless. I’m so sorry we are bound to repeat this again,” he wrote.

Later on Thursday, Gad made a vow to his followers on Twitter and to his fellow Americans. “Thread – I have said everything I care to say about the massacre in FL. I have walked the halls of Stoneman Douglass. I directly know a person trying to pick up the shattered pieces of his life now. I call this community my own. I think all of us know in our hearts something is terribly wrong with the weekly rate of these incidents,” the actor wrote in a series of seven tweets, which outline his plans to oppose gun violence.

“I will not lecture any of you on what to believe of how to respond. I will only tell you what I am going to do. I am going to make it my life’s goal to support and vote for every single person who challenges a politician with NRA money behind them. I am going to make sure that I read and educate myself as to why certain people refuse to do anything that resembles sensible gun laws and make sure they face early retirement. I am going to be here as a voice of reason and walk proudly and tall through the echoing winds of madness as we continue to demand action in a familiar sea of inaction,” he continued. “And finally I am going to remember the 17 dead, the many injured, and the thousands of others who have senselessly lost their lives to gun violence and I am going to fight in their name so that other parents and siblings never have to expiereince [sic] such trauma. That is what I’m going to do. The question is…what are you going to do?”


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