Dozens of artists ask Congress for stronger background checks

Dozens of artists and musicians have put their feet down in terms of leading gun-violence prevention in the aftermath or former Voice contestant Christina Grimmie’s death and the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, in which 49 people were killed.

In the new issue of Billboard, artists like Katy Perry, Beck, Britney Spears, Billy Joel, Calvin Harris, Dixie Chicks, Barbra Streisand, Alicia Keys, Cher, Carole King, Demi Lovato, and more banded together with the magazine and signed an open letter to Congress asking for background checks for every gun sale and suspected terrorists to be blocked from purchasing guns.

The letter was put together with help from gun-violence prevention organization Everytown.

“Music always has been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls,” the letter states. “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.”

The letter mentions Orlando specifically and says, “The one thing that connects the recent tragedies in Orlando is that it is far too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns.”

See the cover and full lists of artists below.