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Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Billy Joel & More Sign “Billboard” Letter to Congress Urging Gun Control


BillboardMore than 150 entertainers and executives have signed a special “Open Letter to Congress” urging tighter gun laws.

Among those signing the letter, which was released by Billboard today, are a variety of veteran rock stars, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Billy Joel, Pearl Jam, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, John Mellencamp, Sting, Michael Stipe, Joan Jett, members of Dead & Company, Yoko Ono, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, Bonnie Raitt, Thom Yorke and Trent Reznor.

“As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change,” the letter reads. “We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more.”

In the wake of the shooting massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and the fatal shooting of pop singer Christina Grimmie the same weekend, the letter urges Congress to require a background check for every gun sale and block suspected terrorists from buying guns.

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