Why Ashton Kutcher Is Counting Himself Lucky After the Thousand Oaks Shooting
Ashton Kutcher is counting himself extra lucky following the mass shooting that took place at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., earlier this week.
In a series of tweets posted on Thursday, the actor revealed that the shooting that left 12 people dead — including TV personality Tamera Mowry-Housley's niece — touched him personally given that his own 40th birthday party was held at the same establishment earlier this year.
“My wife threw me a birthday party this year at the Borderline,” he tweeted. “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 stop standing behind the dollar and Protect the people!”
Kutcher, whose birthday is in February, shared that Ivanka Trump’s brother-in-law, Joshua Kutcher (who recently married model Karlie Kloss), was among the guests at his party, sharing that “he could have just as easily been a victim.”
The 40-year-old then pleaded with the First Daughter to talk to her dad about gun reform. "You go to synagogues, you could be a victim! Talk to your dad! Plead with your dad! Let this be your legacy! Gun Reform now!" he wrote, referencing the mass shooting that killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last month.
The entrepreneur, who grew up hunting and once worked at a gun club, continued to speak about the need for gun laws, reinforcing the idea that “nobody is taking your gun." He added that a focus on mental health initiatives only is not the solution to the country’s gun problem.
He also shared that at his party he received a gun as a birthday present, which he now sees no use for.
“My friend gave a gun as a gift in the parking lot of the borderline on my birthday,” he wrote. “I’ve never shot it. I don’t think I ever will.” He concluded his tweets by sending love to all those affected, along with a hopeful message: “Change is coming.”