Julianne Moore Launches Gun Safety Council With Help From A-List Celebrities
Julianne Moore has enlisted more than 80 celebrities, including Reese Witherspoon, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lawrence, Steve Carell, Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Schumer, and Don Cheadle, to become members of the Everytown Creative Council, a new coalition of entertainers who will use their vast reach to help prevent gun violence, which claims 88 American lives a day.
In announcing the formation of Everytown Creative Council, which will work with its parent organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention non-profit in the U.S., Moore said on Tuesday, “As American citizens, we are shocked and saddened by the loss of life, and the daily increase of gun violence in our beautiful country.” She added, “We do not believe that the 2nd Amendment and gun safety are mutually exclusive ideas, and as a creative community, we will do everything we can to support the safety of our fellow Americans, and galvanize more to join us in this movement.”
Among the many more celebrities who are now part of Everytown Creative Council are Aziz Ansari, Christina Applegate, Kevin Bacon, Bob Balaban, Alec Baldwin, Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Barkin, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Kate Bosworth, Jeff Bridges, Matthew Broderick, Ty Burrell, Jessica Chastain, Kirsten Dunst, Michael J. Fox, Chelsea Handler, Melissa Joan Hart, Helen Hunt, Rashida Jones, Mindy Kaling, Seth MacFarlane, Megan Mullally, Olivia Munn, Conan O’Brien, Nick Offerman, Ed O’Neill, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Peet, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, and Sarah Silverman.
It’s expected that those stars and others involved will call upon their fan bases to come up with ideas for gun violence prevention and support gun safety legislation. In its mission statement, Everytown Creative Council expressed, “We believe we have a responsibility to help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, including convicted criminals, domestic abusers, stalkers, terrorists and people with dangerous mental illness.” The organization also states, “We believe in gun safety – that we have a responsibility to store guns safely, unloaded and out of the reach of children.”
After pointing out that gun deaths will outnumber those of car accidents this year, Everytown Creative Council noted that safety measures and education about seatbelts, texting and drunk driving, has “made a big difference,” and similar changes can be made “to save lives from gun violence, too.”
John Feinblatt, President of Everytown for Gun Safety, said that even though mental illness and exposure to certain types of TV shows and movies are the same elsewhere, “Our gun murder rate is 20 times higher than that of other developed countries.” He felt the difference is that “it’s far easier for dangerous people to get their hands on guns here in America.” Feinblatt concluded that he hopes the influence of the newly formed Everytown Creative Council will “inspire even more Americans to lend their voices to the fight to save lives from gun violence.”
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