Ashton Kutcher ‘lucky to be alive’ after birthday bash at LA shooting bar

Ashton Kutcher has admitted he feels lucky to be alive after celebrating his birthday at the Thousand Oaks bar where 12 people were shot on Wednesday.

The That ’70s Show star revealed his wife Mila Kunis had organised his 40th birthday party at the Borderline Bar & Grill – the location of the mass shooting – in February.

Among the guests were Ivanka Trump’s brother-in-law Joshua Kushner – who recently married supermodel Karlie Kloss.

Taking to Twitter for two hours on Thursday night, Ashton wrote: "My wife threw me a birthday party this year at the Borderline. Only reason we are alive is the shooter chose a different night. My heart goes out to the victims. I’ll say it again… Gun Reform Now! Politicians need to stop standing behind the dollar & protect the people!"

The actor, who owns guns himself, has now urged the US government to urgently look at the country’s laws on licensing the lethal weapons.

Ashton explained that he wasn’t anti-gun and had been a keen hunter while growing up in rural Idaho.

However, he urged lawmakers to make the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to require background checks, particularly mental health records, before issuing firearms licenses.

He continued: "I grew up a hunter, I worked at a gun club pulling trap growing up. Nobody is taking your guns!!! Gun reform!!!!! Let it be a test. Your electorate doesn’t want to die when they go to church or a concert or a bar!

"The BS rhetoric around arming more people to protect others is just that, BS! Armed people got killed last night! Gun Reform now!!!"

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Ashton then made a direct appeal to Ivanka, reminding her that brother-in-law Joshua could have been a victim if the shooter Ian David Long chose another night to unleash his fatal attack.

He tweeted: "@IvankaTrump your brother in law was at that birthday party. He could have just as easily been a victim. You go to synagogues you could be a victim! Talk to your dad! Plead with your dad! Let this be your legacy! Gun Reform now!

"ATF needs to require background checks. Improve state and federal systems to vet owners and buyers. Tie mental health records to purchase of fire arms. Increase funding for mental health. Focus AG (when we get one) on gun trafficking and illegal acquisition. Gun Reform now!"

He then went on to tweet US President Donald Trump, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Nebraska senator Ben Sasse and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, begging them to improve gun control and mental health treatment.

He added: "Protect your home. Shoot for sport. Go hunting. Support Gun Reform Now! Support mental health initiatives now! @IvankaTrump @WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump @NancyPelosi @BenSasse @CoryBooker this is about protecting all our people. #lovethyneighbor.

"This isn’t an either/or it’s a both! Support mental health initiatives & support Gun Reform Now!! My friend gave me a gun as a gift in the parking lot of the borderline on my birthday. I’ve never shot it. I don’t think I ever will. to the families of the lost. Change is coming."

Despite having grown up with guns, Ashton is a passionate advocate for strict gun licensing.

Last year, he wrote a piece of his A Plus website, days after 58 people were killed and 851 injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival.

He wrote: "My whole life, I never really thought of guns as weapons or associated them with self-protection. I always thought about them relative to target practice and hunting. But now, that’s changing…

"I believe I can relate to both sides of the issue. I understand the want and desire to own a gun for sport, for hunting, or for self-protection. Even after having kids, I felt more inclined to own a gun out of a desire to protect them. But let’s also acknowledge where we are: this country has a huge problem, an epidemic of gun violence we have to address. We are in a position where we have two bad choices. Either we stay the course and continue to live in the world we’re living in now – where what happened in Las Vegas is the norm – or we take a half measure and make some progress."

However, the president is a close ally of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and has spoken at its 2017 and 2018 conventions.


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