the world’s biggest musicians call for gun control in america
Lady Gaga, Iggy Pop, Sia, Zayn and over 200 leading musicians lead the call for lawmakers to end gun violence in the States.
An open letter urging congress to end gun-related violence in the U.S. has received the backing of over 200 leading musicians, including Lady Gaga, Iggy Pop, Sia, Zayn Malik and current i-D issue star Troye Sivan. Published on the cover Billboard magazine, the letter comes less than two weeks after the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and marks the first time the music industry has united to address the country's powerful gun lobby.
"As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change," reads the letter, released just a day after US Democrats ended their sit-in protest over gun legislation following more than 24 hours occupying Congress. "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 lists background checks for every gun sale and a block on suspected terrorists from buying them as its core aims -- the events in Orlando being only the latest in a string of shootings that have seen President Obama forced to address the nation fourteen times during his presidency.
"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," says the undersigned, that also counts Katy Perry and Paul McCartney among its numbers. Read the full letter here.
Text Matthew Whitehouse
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