Thom Yorke, Trent Reznor, Paul McCartney + More Ask Congress for Gun Control
"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 reads. "We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more."
The signees are seeking background checks for every gun sale and a ban on sales to suspected terrorists.These topics were at the center of a 25-hour sit-in staged by Democrats in the House of Representatives. The House failed to vote on proposed legislation before the recess, but Democrats have vowed to renew the sit-in July 5.
Safety for music fans has frequently been in the news since the Nov. 13, 2015 shootings at an Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris. Turkish fans of Radiohead were assaulted during a June 17 Moon Shaped Pool listening party because attendees were drinking during Ramadan, a holy Muslim period.
Filter were one of the latest bands to cancel a concert due to death threats. Frontman Richard Patrick did not sign the letter, but the group has been a vocal supporter of peaceful assembly in the name of music. They released "Pride Flag" as LGBTQ allies on their 2016 album, Crazy Eyes.
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