Billboard has issued a groundbreaking “Open Letter to Congress”, signed by every major star and executive in the music business, urging lawmakers to enact gun control measures.
The letter has been signed by a who’s who of the music industry, including Katy Perry, Meghan Trainor, Calvin Harris, Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Joe Jonas, Kesha, Barbra Streisand, Common, Diplo, Alicia Keys, Sia, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam, Yoko Ono, Questlove, Bonnie Raitt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Billy Joel, Shakira, Eddie Vedder, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Dixie Chicks, DJ Khaled, Conan O’Brien, Ellen DeGeneres, Barbra Streisand, Beck and numerous others.
According to Billboard, as soon as the letter was released, “within minutes, Joan Jett was the first to sign on.” Next came Lady Gaga, followed by other music stars, as well as “rappers, rock gods, legends, Broadway heroes, even two Beatles and Yoko Ono”.
You can see the complete list of signatories right here; here is the letter in its entirety:
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.