Ashton Kutcher called for urgent gun reform as he revealed his birthday party was held at the same bar where 12 people were shot and killed in the latest gun massacre to scar the US.
A Sheriff’s sergeant was among the dead after Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former US Marine with mental health problems, opened fire inside Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, according to police.
Following the tragedy in Southern California on Wednesday, the deadliest mass shooting in the US since 17 teachers and students were gunned down at a Parkland, Florida, high school nine months ago, Kutcher called for changes in the law surrounding gun ownership.
Revealing wife Mila Kunis threw his birthday party at Borderline, he said on Twitter: “Only reason we are alive is the shooter chose a different night. 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!”
Kutcher, known for starring in TV comedies That ’70s Show and Two And A Half Men, said he grew up a hunter and worked at a gun club growing up.
But he called for reform and said the idea of placing more armed guards in public places – an idea often backed by Donald Trump – was “BS rhetoric”.
Pro-gun groups in the US often cite the Second Amendment – the right to keep and bear arms – as a defence against calls for stricter laws.
Kutcher said the argument was unrealistic in the modern world.
He said: “The right to bear arms was built on the notion that we could form a militia to fight back against an unjust government. Is that realistic today? A nuclear bomb is an arm. Do you have the right to own that? Gun Reform Now!! No one is taking your guns.”
Kutcher also called for reforms to mental health care after it was reported the suspect in the latest atrocity had post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in the military.
He added: “If your argument is that these reforms won’t change anything I simply ask “What problems will be the reforms create?” No one is taking your guns. Gun Reform Now!”
Mr Trump praised police for their “great bravery” in the California attack and said, “God bless all of the victims and families of the victims”.