Last week, a Senate vote halted the Obama administration’s proposed gun control legislation. That hasn’t deterred advocacy group Voices Against Violence, a nonprofit committed to saving lives by keeping guns out of the wrong hands. VAV, and their celebrity supporters, are asking Americans to call those senators who voted against the legislation and demand they reconsider.
- Watch Voices Against Violence co-founders Tony and Danny Bennett discuss their initiative with Piers Morgan.
VAV has enlisted the help of stars including Jim Carrey, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Mario Batali, Juanes, and the group’s founder, Tony Bennett. They’ve recorded messages that instruct callers in key talking points, and take a powerful stance against gun violence. For example, Jim Carrey’s message says,Hi. I’m Jim Carrey. Thank you for raising your voice against gun violence. In a moment, you’ll be connected to a Congressperson who ignored the voice of the people, and voted against background checks. Tell them to support common sense laws that keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people, including criminal background checks on all gun sales. Thank you.
By logging on to the Voices Against Violence website, you will be asked to enter your email, your phone number, and your zip code. Your phone will then be connected with one of the celebrity recordings, and then routed to one of the targeted Congress people.
You can also text MyVoice to 877877 to get involved. The Senators who voted against the gun control legislation are already facing the backlash in opinion polls. A Fox News poll recently found that voters would be much more likely to support those who voted in favor of expanded background checks. Voices Against Violence is hoping to keep the pressure on those politicians and induce them to change their votes in this charged issue. We’ve included some of the celebrity calls to action below. Take a listen, then log onto the Voices Against Violence website to take action.