Madonna is speaking out against gun violence in the U.S.
The pop icon has been vocal in her support for gun control and on Saturday she passionately spoke her mind on the topic in a series of videos and posts on Instagram.
In one post, Madonna shared a video of herself plastering posters reading “#WAKEUPAMERICA” and “#GUNCONTROLNOW” across Los Angeles.
“Have you heard of this new vaccination for America? It’s going to keep us all alive. It’s going to keep us all safe. It’s called gun control,” she said into the camera. “OK? It’s called gun safety. A new vaccination. Should be mandatory. We’re all citizens.”
In a second post, Madonna spoke about police violence, detailing the recent killings of young men of color by police officers.
“Adam Toledo was 13 years old, Daunte Wright was 20! The officers who killed them are only being charged with manslaughter. This is insanity. Horrific. And yet it has become normalized in our society,” she wrote. “Yes-people kill people, not guns. But the vast majority of people are not enlightened and guns are too easy to own. If they were outlawed then no one would feel the need to own a gun to protect themselves from those who have guns.”
Madonna then called for action to be taken against police officers involved in shooting deaths.
“They should go immediately to jail for the rest of their lives. No trial, no corrupt justice system,” she stated.
Madonna has campaigned against gun violence on numerous occasions. In 2019, the singer released a graphic video for her song, God Control, which called for gun violence prevention. In an interview with People, Madonna said she made the politically charged video because she wanted to draw attention to a “crisis that needs to be addressed.”
“To me, this is the biggest problem in America right now,” she said of the mass shootings in the U.S. “I cannot take it anymore.”
Speaking about the motivation behind the video, Madonna explained that she was concerned for her, and other children.
“I send my children to school with the same fear every mother in this era has,” she said of her six kids — Lourdes, 22; Rocco, 18; David, 13; Mercy, 13 and twin girls Estere and Stelle, 6.
“As a mother, you feel protective and responsible for all of the children in the world,” she added. “It’s really scary to me that the once-safe spaces where we gather, worship and learn are targets. Nobody’s safe. So of course, as a mother, I acutely feel the worry.”
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