Leaders of 145 companieswrote a letter to the Senate Thursday, urging the governmental body to take action on gun safety.
The letter notes recent gun violence in Chicago, Newport News, Virginia and other places, calling it a “public health crisis.” But the leaders also say that gun violence is preventable, and lawmakers can step in to prevent tragedies.
“That’s why we we urge the Senate to stand with the American public and take action on gun safety by passing a bill to require background checks on all gun sales and a strong Red Flag law that would allow courts to issue life-saving extreme risk protection orders,” they wrote in the letter.
Red Flag laws, which are also known as Extreme Risk laws, allow family members or law enforcement to petition a court to prevent someone temporarily from obtaining firearms.
“These proposals are common-sense, bipartisan and widely supported by the American public. It is time for the Senate to take action,” the letter concludes.
Letter signers include the CEOs of well known companies
September 12, 2019
Dear Members of the Senate:
Our hearts are with the victims, their families and loved ones and all those affected by the tragic
shootings in El Paso and West Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. These families became members of a
club that no one wants to join: the millions of Americans whose lives have been forever altered
by gun violence.
Every day, 100 Americans are shot and killed and hundreds more are wounded. These are more
than mass shootings; in recent weeks, gun violence has devastated Chicago, Canoga Park,
Newport News, Gilroy and Brooklyn, among others. This is a public health crisis that demands
As leaders of some of America’s most respected companies and those with significant business
interests in the United States, we are writing to you because we have a responsibility and
obligation to stand up for the safety of our employees, customers and all Americans in the
communities we serve across the country. Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable and it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety.
Gun violence in America is not inevitable; it’s preventable. There are steps Congress can, and
must, take to prevent and reduce gun violence. We need our lawmakers to support commonsense gun laws that could prevent tragedies like these.
That’s why we urge the Senate to stand with the American public and take action on gun
safety by passing a bill to require background checks on all gun sales and a strong Red
Flag law that would allow courts to issue life-saving extreme risk protection orders.
Background checks and Extreme Risk laws (also referred to as "Red Flag laws") are proven to
save lives. Since Congress established the background check system 25 years ago, background
checks have blocked more than 3.5 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers, including to
convicted felons, domestic abusers, and people who have been involuntarily committed.
However, in the decades since, the law requiring background checks on gun sales has not been
updated to reflect how people buy guns today. The Senate must follow the House’s lead by
passing bipartisan legislation that would update the background checks law, helping to keep guns
out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, in an effort to save lives. Background
checks on all gun sales are a common-sense solution with overwhelming public support and are a
critical step toward stemming the gun violence epidemic in this country.
Perpetrators of mass shootings, school shootings, and hate crimes often display warning signs
before committing violent acts. Additionally, people who end their life with a gun also often
show signs that they are in crisis before they act. Interventions in states with Extreme Risk laws
have already prevented potential tragedies. Expanding Extreme Risk laws to enable families and
law enforcement nationwide to intervene when someone is at serious risk of hurting themselves
or others is critical to preventing future tragedies.
CEO's deal with BUSINESS laws and should keep their noses out of Municipal law except as it relates to their making a Corporate Profit ahead of the other guy.
When these CEO's flock together it is akin to a gaggle of geese. They are each a Seagull Manager in reality. They fly in, make a lot of noise, crap all over everything, make a ****-of-a-mess, piss everyone off, and fly out again without having accomplished one positive thing, but they feel good for the effort, which they can report back to the COO (President) as PROGRESS.