In the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub that claimed 49 lives and injured many more, a group of artists and music industry professionals have banded together to ask Congress for tougher gun laws.
Nearly 200 artists and executives, including the Dixie Chicks, Rosanne Cash and “Burning House” singer Cam, have signed the open letter, which appears on the current cover of “Billboard” magazine. They’re asking for new laws to require a background check for every gun sale and block suspected terrorists from buying guns.
Britney Spears, Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Nicks, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett and Dierks Bentley’s “Different for Girls” duet partner Elle King have also signed the letter.
The nightclub massacre happened just hours after “The Voice” contestant Christina Grimmie was also gunned down by a deranged fan during a meet and greet following her show in Orlando.
The open letter reads, “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.”
So, what do you think? Do you agree with the open letter?