After the shooting death of singer Christina Grimmie and the mass shooting in Orlando, the cry for stricter gun laws has become louder across the country. Now celebrities are making their voices heard too. An open letter to Congress, signed by more nearly 200 artists, calls on Congress to put an end to gun violence.
The letter, titled "Stop Gun Violence Now," was signed by some of the biggest names in music. Among the country industry signees are the Dixie Chicks, Cam, Rosanne Cash, Big Machine Label CEO Scott Borchetta and Warner Music Nashville's John Esposito.
The letter reads:
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.
The letter also calls on Congress to pass laws that require every American to have a background check before purchasing a gun, as well as blocking suspected terrorists from buying firearms.
Billboard and Everytown for Gun Safety gathered the signatures in an effort to make an impact on gun-violence and persuade Congress to make changes to current laws.
On June 22, members of Congress began a sit-in protest in an attempt to get tighter gun laws passed, including the requirement of a background check for each gun purchase.