*While working the red carpet Wednesday night at the premiere of OWN’s new drama “Greenleaf,” Oprah Winfrey’s attention was on the mass shooting in Orlando that left 49 people dead.
“What will be the number? What will be the number?” she inquired, according to the AP, tapping the chest of its reporter to stress her point. “What number is high enough to get our attention, so that we will say, ‘Enough’?”
“I thought the number was 26 in Newtown,” she continued, referring to 2012 shootings where 20 children and six adults were slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Winfrey made clear her stand in the debate over the sale of assault weapons used in the shootings. In the U.S., such sales have been legal since the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004.
“You know, one side says ‘Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.’ That is true,” Winfrey noted. “But are we a country that really believes that assault weapons should be made available to anybody? Are assault weapons necessary? I just say, ‘Enough.’ When are we going to be conscious enough to say, ‘That doesn’t make any sense?’ We have the right to bear arms, but do we have the right to bear assault weapons? That’s what I ask.”
“Greenleaf,” executive produced by and co-starring Winfrey, premieres June 21 on her Oprah Winfrey Network.