Pearl Jam, Rivers Cuomo, Trent Rerznor Push Congress To Stop Gun Violence

Musicians are using their celebrity to do good.  I love this.  Too many others stand silent and do nothing but that's just not the road an artist generally takes.  You become a popular musician and talent isn't all you have and record sales aren't the only thing for which you are responsible.  You find it important to make a difference, and to help others.  It becomes a public service.

And gun violence is one of their latest.  Here is an open letter to Congress drafted by Billboard seeking an end to gun violence.

Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Trent Reznor, Paul McCartney, Iggy Pop, Rivers Cuomo, Courtney Love, Mike D., Joan Jett and many others.

In the hard rock and metal world, the most well-known incident of gun violence inserting itself into the music arena was when Dimebag Darrell was gunned down onstage by an assailant at a Damageplan concert in Ohio. The issue has returned to prominence recently with the terrorist attack on Eagles of Death Metal‘s show at Le Bataclan in Paris last fall and the death of young pop star Christina Grimmie after being shot while signing autographs at a meet-and-greet with fans.

The open letter to Congress reads as follows:

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:
1. Require a background check for every gun sale
2. 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.

Others who have signed the open letter include Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Thom Yorke, Alicia Keys, Alanis Morissette, Barbra Streisand, Beck, Billy Joel, Britney Spears, Cher, Conan O’Brien, Cyndi Lauper, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Sting, Stevie Nicks and Tony Bennett among others.

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