Michael Ian Black tweets about what he calls the 'deeper' problem behind gun violence

In response to the Florida school shooting that left 17 dead, actor Michael Ian Black took to Twitter to reveal what he believes is a "deeper" problem in our country than access to guns.

The tweets, that have gone viral since he posted them on Wednesday night, contend that "deeper even than the gun problem is this: boys are broken."

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"Until we fix men, we need to fix the gun problem," he went on. "The last 50 years redefined womanhood: women were taught they can be anything. No commensurate movement for men who are still generally locked into the same rigid, outdated model of masculinity and it’s killing us."

"If you want to hurt a man, the first thing you do is attack his masculinity," Black continued. "Men don’t have the language to understand masculinity as anything other than some version of a caveman because no language exists."

"The language of masculinity is hopelessly entwined with sexuality, and the language of sexuality in hopelessly entwined with power, agency, and self-worth," the tweets went on. "So men (and boys before that) don’t have language for modes of expression that don’t readily conform to traditional standards. To step outside those norms is to take a risk most of us are afraid to take. As a result, a lot of guys spend their lives terrified."

"We’re terrified of being viewed as something other than men. We know ourselves to be men, but don’t know how to be our whole selves. A lot of us (me included) either shut off or experience deep shame or rage. Or all three. Again: men are terrified," Black's thread added. "Even talking about this topic invites ridicule because it’s so scary for most men (and women). Men are adrift and nobody is talking about it and nobody’s doing anything about it and it’s killing us."

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Comedian and writer Michael Ian Black attends the 2017 National Design Awards at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on October 19, 2017 in New York City.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 18: Michael Ian Black attends the TBS's 'Search Party' For Your Consideration Event at Saban Media Center on May 18, 2017 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Comedian Michael Ian Black attends the 4th Annual Town & Country Philanthropy Summit at Hearst Tower on May 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Town & Country)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Comedian Michael Ian Black attends the 4th Annual Town & Country Philanthropy Summit at Hearst Tower on May 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Town & Country)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 18: Panel moderator Michael Ian Black (L) and producer Lilly Burns speak onstage during the 'Search Party' ATAS event at Saban Media Center on May 18, 2017 in North Hollywood, California. 27010_001 (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for TBS)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Michael Ian Black attends 'Groundhog Day' opening night at August Wilson Theatre on April 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Comedian, actor, writer Michael Ian Black visits 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' at Ed Sullivan Theater on March 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Michael Ian Black poses at The Opening Night of 'Oh, Hello on Broadway' at The Lyceum Theatre on October 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: (L-R) Comedians Aparna Nancherla, Michael Ian Black and Mehran Khaghani perform at 'Debate Wars' Seeso Original Screening with Michael Ian Black at The Stand in New York City on September 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Seeso)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Michael Ian Black and Zachary Quinto -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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NANTUCKET, MA - JUNE 24: Comedian Michael Ian Black speaks onstage during Late Night Storytelling at the 2016 Nantucket Film Festival Day 3 on June 24, 2016 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for 2016 Nantucket Film Festival)
NANTUCKET, MA - JUNE 25: Michael Ian Black and Molly Shannon during the Compass Rose Acting awards during the 2016 Nantucket Film Festival Day 4 on June 25, 2016 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for 2016 Nantucket Film Festival)
NANTUCKET, MA - JUNE 24: Michael Ian Black hosts the Showtime Tony Cox Awards Brunch during the 2016 Nantucket Film Festival Day 3 on June 23, 2016 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for 2016 Nantucket Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Michael Ian Black attends the 'The Jim Gaffigan Show' New York Screening & Panel at American Museum of Natural History on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
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In response to his eight-tweet thread, followers appeared to agree with the "Wet Hot American Summer" actor, thanking him for the insightful messages that he posted.

Other stars like Kim Kardashian, Ellen DeGeneres, Reese Witherspoon and Britney Spears also took to social media to react to the devastating shooting:

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