If you’re anything like the rest of the nation, then you’re fed up with gun violence.
On Billboard Magazine’s cover is a powerful statement. The magazine has taken a stance against gun violence as a result of the mass killing at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, and of the murder of singer Christina Grimmie the night before.
To prevent future occurrences such as these, Billboard’s staff organized a special “Open Letter to Congress” on the cover. With the help of leading gun-violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety, Billboard editors began a movement that got nearly 200 top artists and executives—pop stars rappers, rock stars— to sign an open letter to Congress calling for gun-control in order to seek an end to gun violence.
The Orlando shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11. The gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014 because he was tied to terrorism, but was not found to be a threat. However, he was still able to buy a gun.
Gtimmie, 22, starred on NBC’s “The Voice,” was shot and killed by a “fan” on June 10 as she signed autographs after the show.
The tragedy has sparked a national debate on gun control in the U.S including a sit-in by White House Democrats. According to Billboard, artists and music-industry executives join members of the House and Senate this week proudly advocating for “common-sense gun safety.”
Read 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.
Click on the link below to view the signatures.
We send our deepest condolences to all the victims who have lost their lives due to gun violence!
Written By: Taylor Bennett