Alongside politicians, a few musicians such as Demi Lovato and Kesha were at the Democratic National Convention 2016 on Monday. While Demi spoke out about the underlying problems with mental health issues, it was Kesha who discussed the topic about the issues with gun violence.
During her mini-concert, Kesha paused in order to address the crowd with her ongoing legal situation.
“I know we came here to boogie, but I have a few things to say. I’d like to thank Gabby Giffords for having me. I’ve been thinking about it because I feel like if you’re a human being, you go through things, and you go through hurt. And every single one of us knows that emotion. I don’t know if you guys know what I’m going through, I’m going through a lawsuit.
“We as a nation, we can’t control who feels hurt,” she continued. “We can’t control who feels pain and we can’t control what you do with the hurt, and the pain and the anger. You can’t control every single person and know how they’re going to deal with things or if they’re going to pick up a weapon – you don’t know that.”
Speaking about guns and in reference to recent tragedies such as the murder of Christina Grimmie and the Orlando Shooting, Kesha added: “What we can control is who we give the f**king weapons to. I think the universe is screaming at us that there needs to be a change and we have to f**king listen.”
In the According to UNDOC Homicide statistics, in the U.S. there are 3.2 gun related homicides per 100,000 people, whereas statistics in Italy are 0.71, Canada 0.5 and the U.K. 0.1.
“I do think love is something as humans we all have and I hope heals us. I really believe that love and empathy, it can heal us.”