Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez and dozens of other A-list artists are standing behind Billboard's open letter to congress urging them for stricter gun laws.
The letter was prompted as a heated response to the gun violence that took 49 lives and injured 53 more at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, as well as the death of singer Christina Grimme.
It's time for change, and some of the most influential people on the planet are demanding it.
Billboard writes, "Like the rest of the country and the world, Billboard editors were horrified by the mass killing at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, and by the murder of singer Christina Grimmie the night before. Both tragedies occurred where musicians and music fans gathered. And so faced with another gun-related tragedy, the staff organized this special 'Open Letter to Congress' cover of Billboard."
They add: "With the help of leading gun-violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety, editors reached out to those we cover in the music industry, and asked for their support and their signatures to help seek a sane and safe end to gun violence. Within minutes, Joan Jett was the first to sign on. Lady Gaga shortly followed. Within hours, and then in a matter of just a few days, nearly 200 top artists and executives—pop stars (including Grimmie's friend Selena Gomez), rappers, rock gods, legends, Broadway heroes, even two Beatles and Yoko Ono—lent their voices to the chorus of Americans looking to our political leaders for change. Billboard, artists and music-industry executives join so many members of the House and Senate this week proudly advocating for common-sense gun safety."
Their open letter reads:
AN OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESS:
STOP GUN VIOLENCE NOW
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.
See the full list of signatures here.
The letter arrives one day after a video surfaced of TheRebel.media's Ezra Levant blasting Britney Spears for her public support of stricter gun laws, showing her "Criminal" music video and an article published in 2007 to support his agenda.
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) June 20, 2016
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) June 23, 2016