NEW YORK -- Following the latest deadly shooting on US soil, in which a TV reporter and cameraman were gunned down in Virginia on Wednesday, Twitter users rounded on America asking its citizens to "please stop killing each other."
Using the 'Dear America' hash tag, thousands penned tweets pleading with the nation to “wake up,” end the “gun madness” and “do something” about the country’s “serious problem.”
It has long been a point of bafflement among the other industrialised nations that the US is unable to tackle an epidemic in which gun related deaths far outstrip those in western Europe, Canada and Australia, particularly as gun control demonstrably works.
On Wednesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest once again called for Congress to take action. "This is another example of gun violence that is becoming all too common in communities large and small all across the United States," he said.
"And while there is no piece of legislation that will end all violence in this country, there are some common sense things that only Congress can do that we know would have a tangible impact in reducing gun violence in this country," Earnest added. "Congress could take those steps in a way that would not infringe on the constitutional rights of law abiding Americans."
Yet despite renewed pressure from the Obama administration, the deadly attack in Virginia will likely have little affect. The country’s legislators remain paralysed by a powerful gun lobby that prizes profits over life, a situation that is unlikely to change anytime soon.
Here are some of the tweets:
Dear America, Stop praying, stop talking, DO SOMETHING to change your gun laws! How many more senseless deaths will you accept?— Karen Bailey (@KazzieLB) August 26, 2015
A Letter to America. Dear America, so sad to see more gun madness. Please try and work out stringent guns laws, ASAP https://t.co/fyL6MbOTw6— Godfrey Oswald, MSc (@GodfreyOSWALD) August 26, 2015
Dear America please wake up and finally do something about your serious gun problem you're embarrassing yourself #guncontrol— chloe (@_osnapitzchloe) August 26, 2015
Kids get killed in class, journalists get killed on tv, innocent people get killed in cinemas
WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO STOP THIS— Goddess Miss Foxx UK (@MissFoxx_FD) August 26, 2015
Sort your gun (lack of) control out.
Your concerned parent, England.— Red Soled Gooner (@RedSoledGooner) August 26, 2015
Dear America, little kids slaughtered in the classroom, people blown apart in a cinema, now people shot dead live on TV. What will it take?— JD (@that_JD) August 26, 2015
Dear America, how many more people have to die needlessly before you step up your gun control?— the dayman (@_ofglxry) August 26, 2015
Dear America: stop shooting each other.— Meh. (@HeyItsHigbe) August 26, 2015
We love you. We really do. No one is saying don't own guns. Just make it harder for crazies to just stroll out and buy one.— Elnathan (@elnathan) August 26, 2015
Dear America, when will you learn your lesson? You NEED stricter gun laws. This is getting ridiculous. It's very sad.— ཞคc͙♄ɛƖ G⃠ʄ (@_Rachellll4) August 26, 2015
Sort your gun laws. And don't get us started on Trump.
The Rest of the World— Lesley Bremner (@mrs_bremner) August 26, 2015
#DearAmerica why must innocent ppl have to lose their lives for you to understand that you have a gun problem. Sincerely, rest of the world😒— Simba Alexis Sanchez (@DeRozenDontCare) August 26, 2015
Dear America, why would any nation, other than a totally moronic one, see fit to let its people have almost unhindered access to firearms?— StephandDom (@DephandStom) August 26, 2015
#DearAmerica can you please stop shooting each other. Put your guns away, stop selling them to madmen and get a grip!— Stephen McGill (@StephenMcGill) August 26, 2015
We think your gun laws are stupid.
The rest of the world. #WDBJshooting— Gill Barrie (@gill_barrie) August 26, 2015
Dear America, what will it take for you realise that you are not quite the amazing democracy that you think you are? Change your gun laws!— Stephen Le Quesne (@SLeQuesne) August 26, 2015
For further explanation of how the rest of the world views American gun laws, watch Australian comedian Jim Jeffries on the issue: