The recent shooting in Florida was an act of violence against the gay and lesbian community. A gunman targeted a gay club, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others. The shooter used an assault rifle for the attack.
Billboard opened their letter by saying, “As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change. 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.”
The letter calls attention to the fact that it is relatively easy to get a hold of guns in the United States. They also recommend that Congress require background checks for gun sales and block suspected terrorists from buying guns.
In addition to Billboard endorsing the letter, many celebrities added their signatures to the petition. Among the signatures can be found artists like Thom Yorke, Trent Reznor, Beck, Katy Perry, Yoko Ono, Stevie Nicks, Diplo, Kesha, Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Iggy Pop, Britney Spears, Pearl Jam, Talib Kweli and more.
At the bottom of all the signatures, Billboard simply concluded with the hashtag #DisarmHate.
Check out the full letter here.