The music industry is coming in sync together to address gun control in a new open letter.
With the leadership of Billboard, the music industry giant has rallied together a large number of artists and significant figures within the music world to compose and sign an open letter addressed to Congress on the topic of gun control.
In the open letter, Billboard requests with emphasis and urgency that congress should “Stop Gun Violence Now.” With an intriguing and powerful image on the cover of this week’s issue of the magazine, the voices who speak to this movement are forceful and strong, making sure that there will is no chance of rejection.
The letter starts with a bold statement and a call-to-action for an amendment:
“As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change”
The list of artists who have signed the letter is astronomically long, and shows how the series of unfortunate events have impacted everyone all around. Because of the influence that these celebrities have over society, this petition will cause a massive wave in the ocean of social issues our country and world faces today. We need voices like these to make such statements if anything is to ever change. Among the artists who have signed the letter as of now include such known individuals as: Wayne Coyne, Zayn Malik, Alicia Keys, Andy Samberg, Diplo, Pusha T, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Selena Gomez, Trent Reznor, Lady Gaga, Iggy Pop, Katy Perry, Beck, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Wilco, Kid Cudi, Kesha, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Talib Kweli, Questlove, Ricky Martin, Sia, Courtney Love, Macklemore, Mark Ronson, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, and numerous leading music executives in the industry.
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Here is the letter:
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.
Read the complete letter here and see the list of signatures from artists who have signed it already.