Business leaders call US Congress to act on Gun violence

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A makeshift memorial for victims of the shooting that killed 22 people at a Walmart store in El Paso last month.

The heads of 145 companies have written to US senators saying doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable.

The companies including Levi Strauss, Twitter and Uber say it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety in the letter, which was shared with The New York Times.

In a direct and urgent call to address the issue, the chief executives of some of the nation’s best-known companies sent a letter to Senate leaders on Thursday, urging an expansion of background checks to all firearms sales and stronger “red flag” laws.

The letter, which urges the Republican-controlled Senate to enact bills already introduced in the Democrat-led House of Representatives, is the most concerted effort by the business community to enter the gun debate, one of the most polarising issues in the nation and one that was long considered off limits.

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.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere