Some of music’s biggest stars and industry professionals have come together to sign an open letter to congress to “Stop Gun Violence Now.” The letter, drafted by Billboard after the Pulse nightclub tragedy and murder of The Voice singer Christina Grimmie, calls for required background checks for every gun sale and a ban that would stop suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms.
Signed by almost 200 artists and industry leaders including Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Trent Reznor, Paul McCartney, Courtney Love, Stevie Nicks, Selena Gomez, Vic Mensa, Nick Jonas, Michael Stipe, Katy Perry, Kesha, J.Lo, Iggy Pop and Calvin Harris, the petition addresses the negative effect of gun violence on music consumption.
“Music has always been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls,” it reads. “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.”
More celebrities have been signing the letter and speaking out in favor of gun control, as more than 40 Democrats in the House are holding a sit-in to demand firearm policy change.
The letter concludes, “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.”