- The Washington Times - Monday, August 5, 2019

Celebrity activist Mark Ruffalo says there is only one “safe place” left in America: airports.

Marvel Studios’ “Hulk” used his star power over the weekend to try and influence 5.9 million Twitter followers on gun control. The actor’s comments, which came in the wake of deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, offered the premise that gun-free zones save lives.

“America is a country that prides itself on freedom, but we can’t leave our homes without the thought of possibly being gunned down,” he began a series of tweets Sunday. “Where can anyone go in large groups anymore without fear? You can’t go to: Walmart, concerts, the movies, schools, public houses, churches, synagogues, mosques, grocery stores, post offices, food festivals, nightclubs, nursing homes. It seems the only safe place in America is airports and that’s because they don’t allow guns in there.”

Critics noted that gun-free zones have historically attracted gunmen due to the anticipated defenselessness of victims.

Saturday’s attack at an El Paso Walmart killed 22 while nine perished in Sunday’s attack in Ohio. Patrick Crusius, 21, was arrested after the shooting and booked on capital murder charges.

Dayton police shot and killed 24-year-old Connor Betts at the scene.

President Trump responded to the shootings by calling on a bipartisan bill with “strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform.”

“We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events,” he tweeted Monday.

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