Hollywood’s biggest influencers are calling attention against gun violence after the U.S. Senate rejected four new gun control proposals on Monday.
Many A-listers expressed their frustrations following the rejection of the proposed measures, and now Billboard magazine has released an open letter to Congress signed by 133 actors and music stars as well as 57 executives.
On Wednesday, the publication featured the appeal letter on the cover with a petition featured in the inside pages.
“As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change,” the July 2 cover reads.
Among the list of rainbow-colored names are Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Barbra Streisand, Beck, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Carole King, Cher, Elvis Costello, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meghan Trainor, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Selena Gomez, Tony Bennett, Yoko Ono and Zayn Malik.
Conan O’Brien, Ellen DeGeneres, James Corden and Lee Daniels are also featured.
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Read the full letter below:
Stop Gun Violence Now
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 the 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
Make it illegal for suspected terrorists to legally buy 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.