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Ariana Grande calls for gun control following Las Vegas massacre

Pop star Ariana Grande advocated for gun control in the aftermath of the horrifying mass shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 58 people dead.

Grande’s concert in Manchester this past May was at the center of a terrorist bombing that killed 23 people.

“My heart is breaking for Las Vegas,” Grande tweeted Monday. “We need love, unity, peace, gun control & for people to look at this & call this what it is = terrorism.”

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Ariana Grande hosted a benefit concert in Manchester after a suicide bomber carried out a terrorist attack outside her show two weeks earlier.

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Her tweet came hours after a gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on the famed Las Vegas Strip in what was the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.

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In addition to the deaths, over 500 people were injured during the Sunday attack, which took place while Jason Aldean — the festival’s final performer — was on the stage. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, was found dead in his hotel room when police arrived.

People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on Oct. 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The attack took place a little over four months after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on May 22 outside of the Manchester Arena in England, where Grande had just wrapped up a performance.

That horrific act of terror left 250 people injured, in addition to the fatalities.

Grande helped organize and headlined the “One Love Manchester” benefit concert less than two weeks later, returning to the city to perform along with a slew of other high-profile performers such as Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Coldplay and the Black Eyed Peas.

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The concert raised over $12 million for the British Red Cross.

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At least 58 people were killed in a mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

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Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, reflected on that concert in a powerful Twitter statement reacting to the Las Vegas attack.

“When I was in Manchester I witnessed something defiant,” Braun wrote. “At the end of the One Love Manchester show… only 2 weeks after the attack and less than 24 hours since the london attack…when the cameras were off… the crowd of 55,000 brave souls started to sing.

“(They) echoed the words ‘Manchester we’re strong, we’re strong, we’re strong. We’ll keep singing our songs, our songs, our songs!’ This repeated for 15 minutes as they exited. Defiance in the face of fear. Las Vegas we’re strong. We’re strong. We’re strong. We’ll keep singing our songs…Together. RIP to those lost.”

ISIS claimed responsibility for the Manchester attack. ISIS has also claimed responsibility for the Las Vegas shooting, but the FBI denied that connection.

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