#GunControlNow Trends After El Paso Walmart Shooting: 'This Is an Insanity We Are Permitting,' 'We Want Action'

Calls for stronger gun control laws flooded social media for the second time in one week after 20 people were killed and at least 26 others injured in a mass shooting near a Walmart and the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.

Authorities responded to an active shooter alert at around 10 a.m. local time, El Paso Police Sgt. Robert Gomez said at a news conference on Saturday, after a gunman reportedly opened fire inside a Walmart this morning, causing multiple fatalities.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo tweeted a police statement confirming "several fatalities and multiple suspects in custody" earlier today. During the news conference, Gomez said one white male in his 20s had been taken into police custody. The suspect was arrested without incident. It is currently unclear whether the shooting involved multiple shooters.

The mass shooting comes less than a week after another gunman opened fire on festival goers at the Gilroy Garlic Festival last Sunday night in California. Hours after the shooting, which left three dead and at least 15 others injured, tens of thousands of people began tweeting under the hashtag #GunControlNow to call on U.S. leaders to implement tighter gun control measures in order to keep Americans safe.

Following the El Paso shooting earlier today, the hashtag began trending again on Saturday afternoon, with tens of thousands of Americans either criticizing the country's lack of effective gun control measures or demanding lawmakers respond to the incident by enacting legislation.

"This could end. Next week. Congress could pass gun reform. Americans would overwhelmingly support it. But Repubs won't allow it. Trump won't sign it. So Dems must win the WH, Senate & House. #HashtagsArentEnough #GunControlNow," Bryce Tache tweeted.

"This is an insanity we are permitting. #GunControlNow #HowManyMore," actor George Takei tweeted.

"Those families in El Paso deserved more!!! #GunControlNow," Twitter user @StaceyGT wrote.

"Keep your fake ass prayers to yourself if don't support #GunControlNow," Twitter user @beetoaranda7 wrote.

"The people of El Paso deserve action. Stop guns being more valuable than the life of an American. #GunControlNow," Twitter user @FanofUnkn0wn wrote.

"The shooter in the El Paso walmart used an assault weapon, a weapon DISIGNED [sic] TO KILL AS MANY PEOPLE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. They shouldn't be sold and no civilian should have them. #ElPaso #elpasoshooting #GunControlNow," Twitter user @jwhyb wrote, alongside two images of comedian Jim Jefferies talking about gun control.

"This is allowed in America. Terrible. #GunControlNow El Paso Walmart," Tom Edmonds tweeted, alongside a security footage screenshot of the El Paso shooting suspect.

"El Paso is known as one of the safest cities so waking up to this was shocking. This shows that this can happen anywhere, we need #GunControlNow," Twitter user @JeonCenaPuta wrote.

"So why are these guns still legal?! Just ban it and stop saying nothing can be done. #GunControlNow #2ndAmendment," Camila Vega tweeted.

"We dont want your prayers WE WANT ACTION #GunControlNow," Twitter user @EASIERLIBRA wrote.

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Law enforcement agencies respond to an active shooter at a Wal-Mart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. - Police said there may be more than one suspect involved in an active shooter situation Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Joel Angel Juarez/Getty