This Is How The YouTube Community Is Reacting To The Las Vegas Shooting
2 October 2017, 14:33
In the early hours of this morning (U.K. time), a gunman opened fire on concert goers with a semi-automatic weapon in Las Vegas, killing at least 50 people and injuring over 200 more. The perpetrator of the attack - which has been deemed the deadliest mass shooting in American history - has died. It is believed that the attacker, named Stephen Paddock killed himself before people were able to apprehend him. The shooting has been described as an act of terror by many, although a number of news organisations and commentators have refused to use that term.
The YouTube community came together in the aftermath to offer their condolences - and in some cases demand change.
Team 10 leader Jake Paul offered his thoughts to everyone caught up in the attack, while Zoella described the attack as "awful." Calling the attack "terrorism," Lilly Singh criticised President Donald Trump's reaction to the attack, which she said was "outrageous yet predictable."
This is awful! https://t.co/o83jKO5cMS— Zoella (@Zoella) October 2, 2017
I'm speechless.. this is so terrible.. my heart sits heavy & my thoughts go out to everyone affected in Vegas. Pls be safe. #PrayForVegas— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) October 2, 2017
Praying for safety in Las Vegas and my deepest sympathies go out to all the people affected by this awful event.— Thomas Sanders (@ThomasSanders) October 2, 2017
Terrorist attack** Also, you are somehow outrageous yet predictable at the same time. https://t.co/odR8f7CoTf— Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII) October 2, 2017
Other YouTuber's demanded more action: Riley Dennis tweeted that guns should be banned in the wake of the attack, while Akilah Hughes implored the US government to "do something about our national gun problem."
ban. all. guns. https://t.co/rgwJKiX8OV— Riley J. Dennis (@RileyJayDennis) October 2, 2017
So many condolences. I wish our government would do something about our national gun problem. Shame.— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) October 2, 2017
praying for peace, comfort & change. natural disasters may be out of our control. gun violence shouldn’t be. vegas & our world, all my love.— Liza Koshy (@lizakoshy) October 2, 2017
and obviously fucking #GunControlNow— dodie (@doddleoddle) October 2, 2017
Some YouTubers simply shared their love for the famous city
Shane Dawson called Las Vegas his "favourite place in the entire world," while Elijah Daniel described it as "the fucking best". "I'm so sorry this happened to you," he added.
vegas is my favorite place in the entire world. i'm so sad and my heart hurts. i'm so sorry.— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) October 2, 2017
vegas ur the fuckin best and i love you a lot please stay safe im so sorry this happened to you— lil phag (@elijahdaniel) October 2, 2017
Las Vegas, all my thoughts and all my love are with you. Things like this should not happen and yet things like this continue to happen.— connor (@connorfranta) October 2, 2017