Both Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones have reacted to the shooting tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday. Wonder, who played his annual House Full Of Toys benefit concert on December 15th, asked for a moment's silence at that show. After that performance, he spoke to Rolling Stone about his feelings on the issue:
"I think we're at a very interesting time now where we can use again tragedy such as this, which is a major tragedy, as a way to moving forward to something that we need to confront. I think people can't think like they're living in the wild, wild west going into 2013... With guns and their accessibilities, there have to be stronger and stricter gun laws. It's okay saying no, it's okay particularly when you know some people are not as mentally stable. So you don't want them to have a gun or any other kind of weapon at their disposal."
He also stated that those who argue the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms were 'living in the past':
"Here we are in this time where we're all in pain because of the loss of some 18 children and 12 adults it's ridiculous... No matter how you look at it, it's ridiculous and if you don't see that there's a need to think differently, to see things a little differently than you did in the past, then you're not in touch with today, you're still lost in yesterday."
The Rolling Stones, who played the final scheduled performance of their 50 and Counting run in New Jersey on December 15th, paid tribute to the victims of the shooting. Mick Jagger dedicated a version of Wild Horses to the victims and their families:
"I just wanted to take a minute and send our love and condolences to those who lost their loved ones yesterday."
While some had speculated that the Stones show, which featured guest spots from Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen and The Black Keys, might be the last for the band, Mick Jagger promised the audience that the group would be back soon.