CEOs demand ‘bold urgent action’ on gun reform in letter to Senate
American businesses have 228 chief executives co-signed a letterWe are urging the U.S. Senate members to “boldly and urgently” pass legislation to combat gun violence in America on Thursday
These are the CEOs that signed the letter. companies both large and smallA wide variety of industries are represented, with some well-known names.
- Consumer goods: Unilever United States, Levi Strauss & Co., Dick’s Sporting Goods, Patagonia, Lululemon Athletica
- Finance: Bain Capital Credit Karma Credit Karma Credit Karma Intuit Kabbage NerdWallet
- Tech: Lyft, Bumble, DoorDash, Logitech, Poshmark, Yelp
- Media: Bloomberg, Conde Nast, Yahoo
- Sports: Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco Giants. San Francisco 49ers
The letter was posted on the website CEOsForGunSafety.orgThis article focuses on recent tragedies involving gun violence Robb Elementary SchoolIn Uvalde (Texas), and Tops supermarketBuffalo, New York, is home to the dozens of other mass shootings that have occurred in the U.S. — just since those massacres unfolded in May.
“Taken together, the gun violence epidemic represents a public health crisis that continues to devastate communities – especially Black and Brown communities – and harm our national economy,” the letter reads. All of these points point to the need to act: The Senate should urgently pass gun safety legislation that is bold and comprehensive. This will prevent more deaths and injuries.
Chief Executive Officers refer to statistics from a gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun SafetyOn average, more than 110 Americans are killed and 200 others are wounded each day. Everytown also mentions the estimated cost to the country of gun violence and the associated costs for medical care, lost wages, etc. more than $280 billion each year – with U.S. employers losing $1.4 million daily in productivity and revenue.
The letter does not offer any specific policy solutions — although Levi Straus CEO Chip Bergh, one of the letter’s key organizers, has previously expressed supportFor universal background checks for all gun sales national red flag gun laws. The letter calls instead on federal lawmakers “to transcend partisanship, and work together to adopt bold legislation to reduce gun violence in this country.”
On Wednesday, Congress will hold its annual meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping gun billThe Protecting Our Kids Act is a federal law that raises the minimum age to buy an assault rifle from 18 years old to 21. It also bans large-capacity magazines, and establishes new regulations for safe at-home gun storage.
It was passed in a largely party-line vote by the Democratic-controlled House. The bill is unlikely to be passed in the Senate where Republicans could easily filibuster it. A handful of Senators led by Senator Chris Murphy (D–CT) are currently trying to reach a bipartisan deal on issues like background checks and red flag legislation, as well as funding for school safety and mental health initiatives.
Murphy: “We’re not far off.” told reportersAfter the meeting on Thursday. “But we’re not there yet.”
A similar letter was published by CEOs For Gun Safety in 2019 and signed by 145 executives. The message stated that America’s gun violence crisis must be addressed. The 2019 version includes an additional dozen signatories and also contains: “Add Your Company” linkInvite more business leaders and sign the petition.