In their call to action, the business leaders who wrote to Congress said universal background checks are a “common-sense solution with overwhelming public support and are a critical step toward stemming the gun violence epidemic in this country.”
They also said that red-flag laws, which allow authorities to remove weapons from potentially volatile people, are also “widely supported by the American public.”
They cited recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas and West Texas; as well as gun violence in cities like Chicago and Newport News, Virginia, as catalysts in their call to action.
“As leaders of some of America’s most respected companies and those with significant business interests in the United States, we are writing to you because we have a responsibility and obligation to stand up for the safety of our employees, customers and all Americans in the communities we serve across the country,” they wrote.
The signers included about 50 leaders of companies with more than 500 employees, including Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Conde Nast CEO Roger Lynch, Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, Royal Caribbean Cruises CEO Richard Fain, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman, Lyft CEO Logan Green, Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh, Gap CEO Art Peck, Edelman CEO Richard Edelman and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky.
Other high-profile signers included Bad Robot co-CEO and film titan J.J. Abrams and Emerson Collective President Laurene Powell Jobs.