Kristen Stewart Attends Gun Violence Prevention Gala

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Kristen Stewart attended the Brady Center Bear Awards on Wednesday night to help raise funds and awareness for gun violence prevention. The gala, hosted by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, aims to reduce the number of gun deaths in half by 2025.

The actress served as a co-chair and presenter at the annual event, which kicked off in 2014 and was held this year at NeueHouse Hollywood. Stewart told People magazine she was inspired to get involved in the cause after noticing America’s obsession with guns. “I was infatuated with a few classic Americana images that were a little skewed and maybe not as beautiful or as comforting as they might seem on the surface,” she explained. “One of them involved the shattering of the idea that it’s cool to play with toy guns and little kids grow up thinking that’s going to protect and empower them.” She added, “We kind of take that idea and go, ‘Actually this is something else that could happen,’ and that needs to be considered by people who might not think about that kind of thing.”

Meanwhile, Brady Center president Dan Gross told the publication he appreciated Stewart’s devotion to the cause and being “committed to actually doing something, not just lending her name.” The event also honored Chelsea Handler for her advocacy against gun violence, and was attended by celebrities including Will Ferrell, January Jones, Tom Arnold and “The Voice” winner Alisan Porter, who performed a song. In addition, survivors of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando gave speeches about their experiences, as did a mother whose 2-year-old son died in a gun-related accident at home.

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