DAYTON, Ohio — Ohio native and EGOT winner John Legend visited Dayton’s Oregon District Sunday to talk about gun reform, according to Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton.
Legend, who was born in Springfield, Ohio, spent the afternoon shopping in the Oregon District before meeting with Whaley and discussing “sensible gun reforms” following the mass shooting that killed nine and injured more than two-dozen last week.
"In light of last week's events, it is more important than ever for us to come together to support our local communities," Legend wrote on Twitter.
Today, I visited the Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio, and all stores are open for business. In light of last week's events, it is more important than ever for us to come together to support our local communities. pic.twitter.com/Sj2aQH76sT— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 11, 2019
Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen are strong advocates for gun reform in the United States, voicing their opinions and support for stricter gun laws on their social media platforms.
My heart aches for El Paso and Dayton. Our nation is experiencing these traumas far too often and we need our leaders to take urgent action: take these weapons of war off the street and fight the evil ideology of white nationalism that motivates many of these terrorists.— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 4, 2019
The August 4 shooting took place in the Oregon District, which is home to a number of nightclubs, art galleries and restaurants. The shooting location was outside of a nightclub known as "Ned Peppers."
Following the back-to-back shootings, Democratic lawmakers began demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell take action on long-stalled gun control legislation they argue could help prevent the next large-scale tragedy.