Ashton Kutcher is calling for stricter gun reform following the deadly mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California.
The 40-year-old actor revealed that his wife, Mila Kunis, had thrown him a birthday party earlier this year at the Borderline Bar & Grill, the same bar where a shooter killed 12 people on Wednesday.
“Only reason we are alive is the shooter chose a different night,” Kutcher posted on Twitter, in the first of 15 tweets calling for stronger gun laws.
“My heart goes out to the victims. I’ll say it again… Gun Reform Now! Politicians need to stop standing behind the dollar & Protect the people!”
The “Two And A Half Men” star said he grew up a hunter and used to work at a gun club, but stated the debate isn’t about anybody “taking your guns,” it’s about reforming gun law to prevent the increasingly frequent mass shootings.
“Your electorate doesn’t want to die when they go to church or a concert or a bar!”
Kutcher dismissed the Donald Trump-backed idea of putting more armed guards in public places, calling it “BS rhetoric”. A Sheriff’s sergeant was one of the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting.
The former “Punk’d” host also called for an increase in funding for mental health, better support for veterans, and stricter background checks.
Kutcher explained that this isn’t an “either/or” when it comes to mental health and gun reform. “Support mental health initiatives & support Gun Reform Now!!” he said in his final tweet on the matter.
“My friend gave me a gun as a gift in the parking lot of the borderline on my birthday. I’ve never shot it. I don’t think I ever will. [Love] to the families of the lost. Change is coming.”