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CHVRCHES frontwoman Lauren Mayberry on Monday morning responded to Sunday's horrific shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which left at least 26 dead and 20 others wounded.

"It's confusing to me that some politicians are more keen to protect the Second Amendment and the interests of the gun lobby than to protect the people they're supposed to be serving," the singer said in a video on Twitter.

Acknowledging she is from Scotland but loves America and works in the States extensively, Mayberry recalled the 1996 shooting at an elementary school in the small Scottish town of Dunblane, where 16 first graders and their teacher were killed by a gunman. That tragedy led to some of Britain's most sweeping gun control efforts.

"You can't stop everything bad from happening in the world. You can't take away people's impulse to do things like this," she conceded. "But you can restrict their access to resources that would allow them to murder on a much bigger scale."

The singer, who has been critical of Donald Trump in the past, blasted his attempts to quickly label Sunday's shooting as a "mental health" issue and explicitly denounce any discussion of gun safety.

"It is a mental health issue," Mayberry explained, but she also said it's "ironic" and "disgustingly hypocritical" of Trump to hide under the "mental health" banner when he has deliberately tried to "implode" the Affordable Care Act, arguably lessening healthcare access for many with mental health issues.

It's also worth noting one of the first things Trump did in office was revoke an Obama-era gun check for people with mental illness. 



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