After the tragic shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, on Sunday, June 12, the music world has banded together to sign an open letter, begging Congress to “stop gun violence now.”
The letter was published on Thursday, June 23, by Billboard and includes the signatures of many A-listers, including Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and Meghan Trainor, among others.
The letter implores Congress to enforce stricter laws when it comes to obtaining firearms in the United States, and points out that "gun violence kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more.” Billboard (and its army of celebrity supporters) suggests that potential gun owners should be subject to more thorough background checks and suspected terrorists should be banned from purchasing 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," the letter reads.
Signatories such as Gaga, 30, and Gomez, 23, have been vocal about their personal connection to gun-related violence.
The “Born This Way” singer spoke at a vigil on Monday, June 13, held in honor of the 49 killed and 53 wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
"Lost members of the LGBT community, I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies," the proud LGBT advocate said. "I can't help but feel that this level of hatred, like all prejudicial crimes, is an attack on humanity itself. … Tonight, Orlando, we are united with you to remember."
On the Miami stop of her Revival tour on Saturday, June 11, Gomez paid tribute to her fellow pop star and friend Christina Grimmie, who was shot and killed while signing autographs during a meet-and-greet after a June 10 concert in Orlando.
“When she was 14, we met her and my parents, and I signed her,” the Disney channel alumna tearfully told concertgoers. “One thing about Christina and her family is that she holds her faith so closely to her. And I think it’s not about a religion and it’s not about anything or good deeds. It’s just that she had faith, and I don’t really understand how this really happened, but I would like to dedicate this next song to her.”
Incidentally, Billboard’s letter has come out shortly after the Senate failed to pass legislation on four gun control measures. Democratic lawmakers, led by Representative John Lewis, organized a sit-in on the floor of the House chamber on Wednesday, June 22, demanding a vote on gun control legislation. They ended their sit-in 25 hours later, on Thursday, after drawing attention to the issue.
Read the full list of stars who signed the letter below:
Adam Levin (X Ambassadors)
Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic)
Alex Pall (The Chainsmokers)
Bill Kreutzmann (Dead & Company)
Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket)
Bob Weir (Dead & Company)
Brad Delson (Linkin Park)
Brendon Urie (Panic at the Disco)
Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket)
Casey Harris (X Ambassadors)
Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)
Drew Taggart (The Chainsmokers)
Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks)
Fher Olvera (Maná)
Glenn Kotche (Wilco)
Jean Michel Jarre
Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)
Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company)
Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)
Jim James (My Morning Jacket)
Joe Hahn (Linkin Park)
John Stirratt (Wilco)
Jorge Hernandez (Los Tigres del Norte)
Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks)
Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam)
Mickey Hart (Dead & Company)
Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco)
Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)
Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)
Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks)
Pat Sansone (Wilco)
Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket)
Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park)
Sam Harris (X Ambassadors)
Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam)
Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket)
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