After the tragedies in Florida, Billboard took a step to show their support for ending gun violence in America. The letter, which calls for stronger laws when buying fire-arms, is signed by nearly 200 music industry executives and artists including Lady Gaga, Cher, Stevie Nicks, and Kesha. Billboard released this shortly after the House Democrats held a “sit-in” on the floor of the chamber, demanding a vote on gun control. The “sit-in” lasted until early Thursday morning.
An excruciating 89 people are killed in America daily by gun violence. Hopefully, by coming together and showing support we can make a change. Many of the artists that have signed, also have spoken out offering support to those effected by the shootings. Lady Gaga spoke at the Orlando shooting vigil and shared her thoughts on gun violence, “I can’t help but feel that this level of hatred, like all prejudicial crimes, this is an attack on humanity itself. This is an attack on everyone.” Proving that we are all effected.
The letter mentions the Orlando shooting and the shooting death of singer, Christina Grimmie – asking congress to take action, requiring a background check for all gun purchases, and blocking suspected terrorists from buying guns. The message is simple – “close the deadly loopholes that put the lives of so many music fans, and all of us, at risk.” The signatures on the open letter span generations and genres.
To look at a few of the signatures go to billboard.com/open-letter/