Hundreds of pop music stars have signed an open petition calling for gun control after the recent Orlando shooting.
But so far, none have been reported to give up their own armed security guards.
According to Breitbart.com,
Billy Joel, John Mellencamp and nearly 200 other musicians and industry executives joined music publisher Billboard in signing an open letter to Congress this week calling for increased gun control measures in the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack in early June.
In a statement on its website, Billboard‘s editors explained its decision to feature the artists and the letter on the cover of this month’s issue.
The publication’s editors wrote:
Like the rest of the country and the world, Billboard editors were horrified by the mass killing at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, and by the murder of singer Christina Grimmie the night before. Both tragedies occurred where musicians and music fans gathered. And so faced with another gun-related tragedy, the staff organized this special “Open Letter to Congress” cover of Billboard.
The letter calls for “a background check on every gun sale.” Missing from this call, however, is any acknowledgement that the Pulse nightclub gunman, Omar Mateen, passed a background check for his rifle and handgun. Kevin Loibl — the man suspected of killingThe Voice star Christina Grimmie just one day before the Orlando attack — passed a background check for both of his guns.
The signatures on the letter include those of music industry heavyweights Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Calvin Harris, Carole King, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop and Jackson Browne, among many others.
Meanwhile in Washington, it seems that our elected representatives have the same opinion about their rights to self-defense compared to those of normal citizens, says a brief report on Infowars.com:
New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel says members of Congress “deserve” and “need” people with firearms protecting them in the U.S. Capitol building, but not private citizens.
Listen to Rangel say it himself on the audio link below.
What do you think about the rich and powerful who believe their protection is more important than yours and mine?