Outrage spread like wildfire when news broke about the United States Senate rejecting not one, not two, but four new gun control proposals on Monday. Many citizens spoke out against the decision and over 100 celebrities came together to help strengthen the sense of security in this country.
Out of 133 celebrities and 57 executives, New Jersey represented in a major way with the amount of signatures that ended up on Billboard’s petition demanding a deeper look inside the critical issue of reckless gun use and unfortunate deaths that have happened throughout the years. Alicia Keys (Englewood), Nick and Joe Jonas (Wyckoff), Charlie Puth (Rumson), Jack Antonoff (Bergenfield), Halsey (Washington Township) were just a few of the artists on the list.
“As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change,” Billboard’s open letter said. “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.”
The letter comes just weeks after the Orlando massacre at Pulse Nightclub that killed 49 people and injured over 50. Around that same time, a senseless gunman also took the life of a loved contestant on The Voice, Christina Grimmie.