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2016-06-24

Lady Gaga, Sia and Zayn send anti-gun letter to congress

They join almost 200 other musicians trying to persuade the government to tighten firearm laws

In the weeks following the Orlando shooting in the Pulse gay club in Florida, many have drawn attention yet again to America’s relaxed gun laws and the subsequent debate has become a political hotbed.

After the US senate blocked gun measures offered in wake of what is now the biggest mass shooting in America’s history, the democrats staged a sit-in and asked “How many more mothers, how many more fathers need to shed tears of grief before we do something?"

Now, in an unprecedented move, music Industry heavyweights have signed a letter asking Congress to ‘Stop Gun Violence Now’. Almost 200 artists have signed the letter organised by Billboard magazine for a special cover.

Everyone from Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Dazed cover star Zayn Malik, Selena Gomez (who recently lost a friend to gun violence) and for some unknown reason James Corden, has signed the letter imploring “the people who are elected to represent” them to “close deadly loopholes” in gun legislation.

The letter reads: “Music always has been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls. 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, 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.”

Subsequently, the artists outline specific changes they would like to see: “Require a background check for every gun sale” and “Block suspected terrorists from buying guns”.