Celebrities Sign Gun Control Letter To Congress
Hundreds of celebrities have signed Billboard magazine’s open letter calling on Congress to pass gun control legislation in the wake of the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub earlier this month, and the murder of singer Christina Grimmie the night before. See the full list below of stars advocating for the prevention of gun violence.
“Like it was for millions of Americans, the Orlando shooting was a traumatic moment for people across the music industry,” said Billboard executive Janice Min. “The victims of that terrible massacre were celebrating with the music that inspired them. With this letter, the artists and executives who signed ask not for guns to be taken away from law-abiding citizens, but for guns to be taken out of dangerous hands.”
Just a few of the music superstars who signed the petition “demanding change” included Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Demi Lovato, Pearl Jam, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez and Zayn Malik. Talk show hosts Conan O’Brien, Ellen DeGeneres and James Corden, and dozens of additional entertainers and executives also lent their names to the cause.
The open letter notes that going to “dance floors and concert halls” is now becoming a life-threatening activity due to gun violence. A couple of the measures being pushed in the entreaty are for Congress to “require a background check for every gun sale,” and “block suspected terrorists from buying guns.” The letter concludes, “Billboard and the undersigned implore you, the people who are elected to represent us, to close the deadly loopholes that put the lives of so many music fans, and all of us, at risk.”
See the full list below of the nearly 200 artists, music industry executives and additional celebrities who signed Billboard’s open letter calling on Congress to take gun safety measures.