An “Open Letter to Congress” has been created by Billboard. With the help of leading gun-violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety, the outlet reached out to those in the music industry, and asked for their support and their signatures to help seek a sane and safe end to gun violence. See the letter below.
AN OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESS: STOP GUN VIOLENCE NOW
As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change.
Music always has been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls. But this life-affirming ritual, like so many other daily experiences—going to school or church or work—now is threatened, because of gun violence in this country.
The one thing that connects the recent tragedies in Orlando is that it is far too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns.
We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more, including:
Require a background check for every gun sale
Block suspected terrorists from buying guns
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.
A ton of artists and music industry influences including: Kelly Rowland, LA Reid, Quest Love, Lee Daniels, Pusha T, Russell Simmons and more have signed. Click here to read more.