Julianne Moore calls for Senate to come back from recess to address gun violence 'public health crisis'
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Julianne Moore says the country is facing a "national emergency" and a "public health crisis" when it comes to guns.

"It’s devastating," the "Still Alice" actress — who founded a creative council for the gun control nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety — said when asked by The Daily Beast about the pair of mass shootings last weekend in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, which combined killed more than 30 people.


"One of the things we’re asking everybody to do is to call their senators and demand that they come back from recess so that they can have a vote on universal background checks and red flag laws," Moore, 58, said. 

"It’s urgent. This is a national emergency and a public health crisis. If people are feeling that there’s nothing that they can do, this is something that they can do," the Academy Award winner added in the interview published Thursday.

Moore called it President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE's "responsibility" to address the issue with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat Everytown plans ad blitz on anniversary of House background check bill Kentucky state official says foreign adversaries 'routinely' scan election systems MORE (R-Ky.), saying "he should tell him publicly so that we know what's going on."

"Every single country has the same issues with mental illness and video games, and those are [National Rifle Association] talking points," Moore added.

The actress appeared to be referring to Trump's remarks Monday about the shootings, during which he condemned "bigotry, hatred and white supremacy." He also placed some blame for the shootings on "gruesome and grisly video games."

Scientific studies have not found a link between violent video games and violent behavior.

"We all have access to the same kinds of entertainment and similar mental-health issues," Moore said in the interview about her new film, "After the Wedding," "but the main difference is we have easy access to guns."

McConnell has so far resisted growing calls to bring the Senate back from recess early to deal with legislation in response to the shootings. In February, the House passed two bills to impose universal background checks and lengthen the amount of time a gun seller has to wait for an FBI background check to clear from three days to 10, but the Senate has not taken up either measure.

Republicans are expressing tentative support for "red flag" laws, which would let family members petition for court orders to prevent potentially dangerous individuals from obtaining guns — or to take them away. But Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNew York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat Hillicon Valley: Intel officials warned lawmakers Russia interfering in 2020 | Pompeo condemns Russian cyberattack on country of Georgia | Tech activists see Kickstarter union as breakthrough | Pentagon agency suffers data breach MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday dismissed the idea as a "ineffective cop out" that wouldn't do enough to stem gun violence.