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Business Leaders to Call on Congress to Act on Gun Violence

“Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable,” the heads of 145 companies tell senators in a letter.

12.9.2019

Breaking News: “America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable,” the heads of 145 companies say in a letter to U.S. senators.

“Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable,” the heads of 145 companies tell senators in a letter.

The debate and the decision to sign — or not sign — are a case study in how chief executives must weigh their own views and the political risks to their businesses.

Yet he is also bracing for a backlash. “This has been spun by the N.R.A. as we’re trying to repeal the Second Amendment,” Mr. Bergh said. “Nothing is further from the truth.”

In addition to the expanded background checks, they are pressing the government to let federal courts issue temporary orders keeping guns out of the hands of people considered at risk of violence, under what is known as a red-flag law.

, pushing for a debate over reauthorizing an assault weapons ban. It also announced that it was removing certain ammunition and guns from its shelves and would discourage “open carry” in its stores. Other retailers followed suit by changing their open-carry policies, including Kroger, CVS, Walgreens and the Wegmans grocery chain.

Two companies that signed may raise eyebrows in Washington: Thrive Capital, whose founder, Joshua Kushner, is the brother of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, and Bain Capital, the private equity firm co-founded by Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah.

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook did not sign, although he told colleagues and peers that he agreed with stricter background checks,

. With Facebook under federal scrutiny — and contending with a drumbeat of criticism from Republicans who contend that the company’s platform silences conservative voices — Mr. Zuckerberg has decided that activism on this issue would only intensify the spotlight on the company, these people said. Others inside Facebook made the case that it was a moral responsibility to press for more responsible gun sales laws.

an internal policy that would make it hard for the company to consider signing the letter. That policy includes this line: “Our primary responsibility is to do the work we’ve each been hired to do, not to spend working time on debates about non-work topics.”

Several executives said one of the biggest practical worries was whether taking such a stance would lead to in-store confrontations with angry customers carrying guns. Would they be putting their employees in danger or even just in an uncomfortable discussion about a divisive issue?

For better or worse, business leaders are increasingly carving out positions on social issues. It’s not new — and the Hobby Lobby fight against the contraceptive provision of the Affordable Care Act shows us that such positioning does not confine itself to progressive causes — but it is growing.

The letter suggested that background checks on all gun sales were a “common-sense solution with overwhelming public support.” A number of polls have put backing for such policies above 90 percent.

Read more: The New York Times

These business leaders only have their bonuses in mind. They don’t represent their workers,their customers, or the American people. They are looking for a gimmick to boost the qtr report. We need to know the companies taking this position. Companies are NOT people. More 'feel good' attempts to do something useless

Start with all the Politicians and all thier lying bs So Lets address the problem. Its Not Guns its People. The fact remains that while mass shootings continue to occur, they are shown to be perpetuated by the media's own coverage of carnage and sensationalism about AR 15s. From 2007-2017 an average of 360 deaths occurred from all rifles combined (not all crimes). 1700 knife related.

Give me that list of companies. They’ll never get another penny from me. Real change begins in the home and parents need to be responsible for raising good humans by whatever means they deem necessary for their circumstances and forget what experts publish. Trying to legislate people into morality is a futile attempt at any kind of control.

Those 145 companies should also be pushing for Reparations for Black Americans ADOS who are the most effected by gun violence, especially gun violence by white racist mass shooters. GunControlNow BlackLivesMatter BLM Black1st BlackFirst Who Cares Now what group could have pulled these companies together—-hmmmm; have they done the same on addressing race discrimination? Women’s rights? Nope.

Do any of the companies sell violent video games and movies, porn, or alcohol?

ABC News @ABCHAPPENING NOW: Mayors, gun violence survivors and gun safety advocates hold press conference. TwitterNews Start by supporting current laws. You can't support leniency of some laws and then punish law abiding citizens it will not make a difference Everytown Hmmm I wonder if this will be a diverse dialogue or a scripted attempt at persuading confiscation. My bet is on the latter.

To which the conservatives respond 'Shut up and sing.' 0.0001% of business leaders is news? How about 99.999% don't ask government. Hi The government CANT STOP people from getting drugs. How are they going to stop a bad guy from getting gun from crooks? Fake news! Virtue signaling Oh. Ok. Do the heads of these 45 Companies have gun toting security like the secret service protecting Warren Booker Harris biden pelosi Sanders Klobuchar Beto Castro nadler etc? All lies POTUS45 KAG2020Landslide Trump2020

How many of these CEO’s allow their chauffers to speed on the highways? Corporate leaders dont care about human lives. They care about controlling you. NRA is going broke and suffering from fractured leadership When Senators stop getting their cheques then you will see change Not before

House Judiciary Committee to vote on gun violence prevention billsThe House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on a series of gun violence prevention bills on Tuesday as Congress faces pressure to take action in the wake of recent mass shootings . I bet not one will address we are the only civilized country that gives probation for criminal with a gun The civil liberties of American citizens are under assault by exploitative politicians seeking to ban & confiscate firearms in violation of 2A. 99.99% of all gun owners are law-abiding folk, and yet politicians want to punish good people for bad acts of others. ThisIsUnAmerican

Imagine that 145 businesses want to control 300+million of us, and I thought it was only Google and FB that wanted the power, boycott all of them! They need us more than we need them! Ed Guns are not the problem. We, the people, are. Unless we surrender fully to God, follow christ & His ways.... things will never get better.

Amen to that. Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery 🙏 145 companies I no longer need to do business with. These execs live behind gates in secure homes & work at guarded businesses. Their opinion on this false, media driven narrative doesn’t matter. Gun control doesn’t change the hearts of evil plotters... BloombergsMinions 2A

Every American should have the pleasure of owning a firearm The 2nd Amendment cannot be legislated away Ah, corporate America votes for you again. Whos stronger in America? Corporations or Putin who owns the Republican party? Maybe we'll actually find out Says the people living behind gated fences; working in areas loaded with security guards; and each having personal body guards. Maybe you should stick to running your company correctly instead of your mouth stupidly.

Even gun owners agree on measures that would reduce gun violence, survey showsA nationwide survey finds widespread agreement among gun owners, non-gun owners, and across political parties for many gun violence prevention policies. Dont own a fucking gun 'We know from years of working the streets ... that much of the gang-related shootings -- are drug related,' Jack Riley, who heads up the Chicago division of the Drug Enforcement Administration 18thAmendmentAgain DrugWarFails TrillionDollarFailure We The People Say Enough. The National Republican Association aka The NRA. 2020 Will put the NRA In order. Vote Blue or The NRA will continue as the money machine for The Republican Party.

BackgroundChecksNow Bullshit PutTheGunsDown Yes Stop the billionaire Politician Who Protects the billionaire Pedophile Who protects the pedophile Judge! NRA AZCourts SupremeCourt_TX melindagates DarellIssa Lockheed Raytheon NickyHilton KimKardashian DOJ_CRS UN FirstLadyKenya RoyalFamily FLOTUS

Just remember those heads of company’s all have private security armed with weapons you are seeking to control My god! Very borin... I do not agree with bull. Government is by the PEOPLE... Not businesses, companies, etc US Senators it is time to make these people aware of the False Flags choreographed by the Dems. They need to know all of the FALSE FLAGS the DEMS used to promote their gun agenda. Why do you think every witness in Vegas massacre died in unusual circumstances? Parkland as well!

Clearly it is. BUT 6 people dying after vaping, that is not ok... WTF? Where is the list of companies?

Rep. Nancy Pelosi Has Had It with Silly Questions'The ferocity of Nancy Pelosi's response to a strange question blew the foam off of my too-early-but-I-don't-care pumpkin spice latte and exfoliated my skin.' oureric writes: oureric 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Maybe $top contributing to the Republican criminal party of Putin. So so endorsing the minority over the majority? Yeah ok They will pull tainted vegetables of the shel faster than banning AR15s 🤮🤮🤮🤮 Moscow Mitch only answers to Moscow Putthegunsdown It’s not the guns it’s societal breakdown. Law abiding citizens have rights under the Constitution don’t tread on it.

Is this why they are faking shootings to take our weapons? Can’t you see this is the swamp crawling out of the back rooms of Washington and being cheered for making their demands on government public. This is your worse nightmare and Dems are applauding their corporate masters. Dems intend dystopia, not utopia. Disinformation campaigns.

And not one of them wrote a letter demanding more equal pay or raises and better housing and living conditions for thier employees

New Jersey pressures gun manufacturers and retailers to adopt safety measures or lose state businessNew Jersey executive order offers two options for gun manufacturers and retailers: Either follow state standards for preventing guns from falling into the wrong hands or lose the state's business. Good moves.. We have to do everything within reach to keep the public and World safe! ‼️💯‼️ I wonder if they are going to hold alcohol companies liable for people driving drunk?

It means now they have to do something. Their bosses insist. GunReformNow BanAssaultWeaponsNow There is no need for military assault weapons especially in the hands of mentally ill individuals. glasslake_ So when CEOs speak Congress listens, but when we die they remain silent. What is wrong with this picture!?

Publish each of their written responses? Our so called NRA ass kissing leaders are too busy banning immmigrants and vaping to concern themselves with what’s killing hundred of Americans everyday. GOP is up to their eyeballs in NRABloodMoney to do anything about gun reform.🤬👎🏼‼️ Are they ONLY finally doing this because they're annual net income is starting to feel the hurt from all the lack there of shoppers thanks to mass shootings?🤔🤔🤔🤔

Thank you A big Thank u to these companies.Hope this works before more die from GUNviolence Also thank you to the City of San Francisco for new red flag laws. May this be a good bye to NRA Unless I subscribe to The NY Times, I am unable to read the article of which companies. Nobody else is reporting this. NYT has gone down in credibility over the past few years so it’s not worthy of a subscription.

NRA sues over San Francisco resolution branding it 'domestic terrorist organization'The city's Board of Supervisors last week adopted a resolution saying the group 'spreads propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence.' 大体合ってるのでは? 遠い日本から見たら、NRAはテロ支援組織にしか見えない。 Thoughts and prayers Who did they shoot?

realDonaldTrump senatemajldr SenateGOP HouseGOP will you listen to the business world? They support sensible gun laws just like The majority of the public does. How do these people manage to get to the head of these companies when not even looking at basic facts? Gun violence has declined drastically over the last quarter century. The only difference is the inflammatory media narrative because TV is fading and they want to stay relevant

We don’t have a gun crisis we have a mental health and policy crisis Does anyone have the list of the 145Companies who wrote to US Senators about AmericasGunViolence? I’d like to know what companies to do business with. Who cares what they think, want, or do! Let them take mine out of my hands 😏 .. have they only just realised? Still better late than never, and better than the ubiquitous ‘thoughts and prayers’

This affects businesses because they're losing employees and customers to gun violence Just one question? Who voted for those heads of companies. I find this meddling by companies disturbing. What if all 145 companies were anti-LGBQ! Pegster99 It's a crazy world when corporations are more moral than government.

Gun control has no impact on reducing gun violence. There are no studies that prove an even slightly positive relationship. DOJ did a study and found banning assault rifles did not reduce violence. This isssue is pure emotion and that is what the Dems want. cooperchip1 Maybe these 145 companies should stop advertising on Fox News.

Just send the letter to moscowMitch he’s the one who needs to read it. Do him a favor though, translate it into Russian. Deadpool650 A smidgen of those who own our congress speak up. We must regulate the S of this dangerous consumer product. Maybe, since congress loves business owner's money, they'll take the terrorism of the firearm's plentitude seriously? Nah. Too optimistic.

The Left actively shifts blame away from the real 9/11 perpetrators - YouTube Muslims murdered our citizens on 911! The planes were piloted by these bastards!! NeverForget911 IslamicExtremists Jihadists Violence is the issue. And mental health should be addressed. Would anyone release the list, so that I can never purchase from them again Releasethelist

So 145 CEOs don't want their workers to be armed? Isn't the Democratic party supposed to support the working class? CEOs are afraid workers might take a stand against exploitation This is awesome if they are serious. Money is the only thing that talks in Washington. Make a list. Time to boycott these asshats.

DetroitLove88 They should all be protesting Mitch McConnell house and office nonstop I would even chain myself to his front door til he places a vote on floor The heads of millions of families say don't restrict our rights. Obama policies Enacted in 2010, allows felon minor’s with troubled pasts & violence towards other NOT to be expelled from Schools . Even if they have threatened violence against the school . Parkland was a huge example of this Joke policy . DEMORAT policies kill ppl not guns !

So the oligarchy is now in list form? Totally glad I used one of my free articles to read this! Such a hopeful sign o’ the times! Lol. “Gun violence”? These people don’t say a word for black on black crime. Who are the companies, so we can boycott them?!? They will still contribute to both parties WOW 145 That’s got to be like half of all the companies out there!!!!!!!!

Ignore the posturing of these 145 bottom feeders

You can't legislate evil or mental heath by removing law abiding citizen's constitutional rights. Perhaps companies should go back to doing what they are supposed to be doing instead of trying to force congress to take away my freedom to exercise my 2nd amendment rights. Guess no one needs to do business with these companies. That’s how the left likes to play

But vaping has their attention...🙄 Money talks! GunReformNow Good first step by these publicly traded companies! A virtue signaling a-hole circle, trying to profit from tragedy. If we have to do background checks to get a job then we should have one to purchase a gun. But guns should only be in hands of cops military. Forget about 2 amendment

I wonder what it would look like if you took 145 major companies and compared the human rights violations going on in their industries to the number of gun deaths last year 🤔 📌Missing from the list are some of America’s biggest financial and technology companies,including Apple, Facebook,Google,JPMorgan Chase andWells Fargo,some of which debated internally whether to sign the letter. 📌we need republican controlled senate to enact common-sense bills

How hard is it to stop selling Assault Rifles to Citzens a hand gun is enough it's not like a gun can protect you in any situation anyway. I would rather have a bullet proof vest than a gun for protection. Assault Rifles are for committing assaults we now call a MassShooting BerniceKing 👇👇 Stricter gun laws or banning guns will never solve the issue. Need to address the person behind the gun in order to solve the problems. Banning guns will raise the crime rate with even more criminals abusing the Guns endangering others. No Brainer.

They need to send one specifically to Moscow Mitch and Trump. If we could send in the army to all democrat controlled cities and declare martial law the “gun epidemic” would all buy cease. But of course nobody wants to do that they just want to take away my guns. fu$&offfascist They don’t care .. Senators don't care. Can't you tell?

Would be nice if some big gop donors would put some pressure on them over this issue since money and blackmail seems to be the only way to get through to these people.

ColMorrisDavis Hmm, leadership. It's more than just a word. When it begins to hurt the bottom line,CEOs wake up quickly and support what people want/desire. pinklionheart Money talks. Not kids lives. They sent a letter for gun violence. But send lobbyists so they wont pay taxes. ICallBS althiaraj Survival of the fittest

I think we are set to witness the NRA overpower 145 companies. Its not a gun problem. It’s a mental health problem. And that’s why it won’t get fixed. juliettekayyem Trump will likely have Barr open investigations for all companies in the letter in an effort to silence them. Guns don’t kill people.

What about the devastation caused by car deaths? Why not point out that over half of the gun deaths are suicides? Facts don't matter much in this story But.... but... vaping!! Leftist Propaganda 🤣 their ‘solutions’ do absolutely nothing in shitholes like Chicago & Baltimore where it’s all illegal guns to begin with . Not one of these morons proposes massive jail sentences for use of an illegal gun ? Why not ? This is pathetic

Refers to 'joining Everytown,' a gun-control group that has in the past exaggerated the number of shootings in order to push its agenda. Gun crisis? Everything is a crisis these days. The whole thing is just silly. Look folks, if you are willing to give up a constitutional right so easily for a symbolic, feel good talking point. The the whole constitution is weakened. What amendment is next?

althiaraj Then 'heads of 145 companies' stop all political donation and encourage your employees to do the same, send a email 10 times a day to every politician telling him you are doing it. They are in it for the money after all. There’s this. LynnCatWalters The Senate will not act on a gun reform bill. senatemajldr has made sure that the Senate is not a check on the executive branch, but a wholly owned subsidiary of it. Our country must depend on business leaders to keep it’s citizen’s safe. Walmart is now the true senatemajldr.

Sounds like a price hike lobbying

I agree that the gun violence needs to end, but red flag laws (if passed) can be used against a law abiding citizen if someone else feels uncomfortable. At what point is Congress going to be held accountable for not upholding the Constitution? Please post the complete list of companies. I would like to thank them all one by one. GunControlNow GunReformNow BanAssaultWeapons

Screw a letter. Stop giving the money, then they’ll listen. Sooo where were they? 5w’s n How- Do research on Congressmen’s position over these shootings n media! Why NOT work? Societal Devolution? POTUS TheDemocrats GOP Jim_Jordan SaraCarterDC The answer to gun violence isn't the 2a, it's faith and family. Social ills are family ills in a society. More love and time with family and faith in a God who loves us /to whom we're accountable will fix this. spiritualwarfare

freespeechtv 95% of mass public shootings happen in Gun free zones. Stop the sappy stupidity. The Senate is under contract not to do anything Good, now I know who not to buy from. senatemajldr More propaganda and lies

I can read it now: “Dear Congress: Amazon has already taken half our business. If crazy people keep spraying customers with bullets who just want to shop for milk and blue jeans, Amazon will soon get the other half. Please help. Best, Big Box, Brick and Mortar Stores” Name the companies, so I can vote with my wallet.

Ah the real decision makers of the US, various CEOs. Our thoughts and wallets... Wait, are these the same companies that donate to Trump & the republicans ? Socially conscious marketing, how hipster. ColMorrisDavis Republicans don’t care unless it’s about money 💰 ! Den of thieves a, Criminals don’t follow laws assholes!

Here’s a thought...let’s focus on THE PEOPLE who shoot the gun, those who commit the violence-THAT is the first step Business leaders are stepping up, when will Congress and the Rhode Island General Assembly? Breaking news, the data doesn’t support your “crisis” claims. Yes. It is unacceptable in cities like Chicago and Baltimore where dozens are shot every week with nary a blink from progressive liberal mayors and their PC sycophants !

cmclymer “And not a word was spoken. The church bells all were broken.” juliettekayyem Kinda disgusting how Trump and Melanoma jumped all over the vaping problem after SIX died, but nothing on guns. Who cares what 145 companies think or say you guys are fake news Did you hear about the stabbing of multiple people in Florida? Guns aren’t the problem. Where there is evil there is always a way. Defend Protect 2A

ColMorrisDavis They wont listen to the little people. Maybe they'll listen to the corporate people. This is what we need...let businesses use their power and lobbyists to do the work juliettekayyem Sorry The Trump Administration And the Republican Party are Up to more Important things like Vaping juliettekayyem yeah but what about freedom ?

Someone needs to teach McConnell how Government works. If enough of the legislators have the spine, moral rectitude, and decency to vote as their constituents want, they can enact laws without the president’s signature. It’s called “veto override” and it’s legal. And encouraged. Here’s an idea. Don’t count on MoscowMitch to do anything. You do something - ban guns on your property. Help the communities you are a part of ban guns. Grassroots movements can move mountains.

And what do they say about vehicles killing far more? Is that acceptable to them? Or do they ignore it because it's a convenience to them?

There is no assault weapon crisis. Let’s talk about fat ppl; that’s a crisis You mean mentalhealth crisis... So is our illegal immigration population? First you liberals have an all out war on police and the military (step one-in your transformation of America’s) now you think u can take law abiding citizens guns so we can’t protect ourselves ! LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder

And every 50 mins someone is killed in a drunk driving accident. Guns are not the problem and do a lot to protect the innocent. How about some old school NYT real journalism? 145 out of millions and millions of companies no doubt all based in California, heck of an unfair way to have a minority rule the majority

then pay us more so we’ll chill out Mitch McConnell kindly be a big person & do the right thing you are not appointed by 45 but elected by people of Kentucky i do believe they also want you to do the right thing so do the right thing bring it to the floor of the senate & have a candid discussion about it

This might get Mitch’s attention but he still won’t do anything Drugs killed over 72K Americans last year just with ODs. That's 200 TIMES the number of mass shooting deaths, most of which are drug related. If you really cared about people getting killed, you'd want DRUGS & dealers off the streets, but you don't. You want more control.

Airplane violence is unscceptable too right?

Don’t worry we banning vapes so we safe now 🤙 They don’t speak for me Don't forget big pharma Assault weapons have no use in the civilian sector. I am a lifetime NRA member, but the gun violence in this country truly is unacceptable! Some people just have a gun fetish...SAD... É dessa forma que a Rede Globo trata da morte de mais de 3000 pessoas, fazendo piada. O atentado às torres gêmeas nos EUA, em 11 de setembro de 2001, completou 18 anos e apresentadora diz que “já pode votar” e dão risadinhas! FT WSJ WSJPolitics MiamiHerald realDonaldTrump

You’re not getting my guns, ever. Your BS stories can continue, but I’ll have my equalizers with me at all times.

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