Julianne Moore has enlisted dozens upon dozens of celebrities to call for an end to gun violence in the United States.
A difficult task for sure, but Moore and company says there are some common sense steps we can take to help prevent gun deaths, which are expected to take over traffic deaths in America.
“This year it’s expected that gun deaths will overtake traffic fatalities in America. We’ve taken deliberate action to help reduce motor vehicle deaths – adopting seatbelts and airbags, cracking down on texting while driving and holding drunk drivers accountable. And it made a big difference. We know how to save lives from gun violence, too. Now is the time to act,” says the Everytown Creative Council.
The Council consists of 88 celebrities, which seemingly stand for the 88 American lives taken by gun violence every day. Members include Steve Carell, Jessica Chastain, Ellen DeGeneres, Kisten Dunst, Judd Apatow, Alec Baldwin, JJ Abrams, Kim Kardasian, Spike Lee, Jennifer Lawrence, Conan O’brien, Yoko Ono, Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, and more.
The Everytown Creative Council outlines four tenants –
We believe we have a responsibility to help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people – including convicted criminals, domestic abusers, stalkers, terrorists and people with dangerous mental illness.
We believe in gun safety – that we have a responsibility to store guns safely, unloaded and out of the reach of children.
We believe everyone has a role to play in reducing gun violence and that every action, no matter how small, helps bring us closer to a future free from gun violence.
We believe the creative community has an opportunity to use our communications skills and the power of culture to galvanize many more Americans in the gun violence prevention movement.
NRA and NSSF think 11,208 homicides a year is no big deal. pic.twitter.com/rmcq6JXeaO
— Everytown (@Everytown) October 14, 2015
Moore says she was spurred to start the Creative Council after 2012’s Sandy Hook shooting.
“I remember my daughter [Liv, 12] came to work with me that day. I was doing a movie in Queens and when we got into the van, I actually said to the driver, ‘Turn the radio off,’. She was young so the whole day, I kept the TV and the radio off,” Moore told People.
“As actors, we are citizens first so we believe in the Constitution and the Second Amendment,” Moore says. “But 92 percent of the people in the United States are in favor of background checks, too, so I don’t feel like I’m in the minority. I definitely feel like I’m in the majority here.”