Gun Violence Is Preventable, Not Inevitable, US CEOs Say To Congress -- Do They Have a Point?

Gun Violence Is Preventable, Not Inevitable, US CEOs Say To Congress -- Do They Have a Point?1017
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CEOs of 145 of nation's most prominent companies sent an appeal to Capitol Hill pleading the senators to take action on gun violence and pass stronger legislation in the field.

The businesses urge Congress to expand background checks. In addition to that, the CEOs also insist for legislation enabling authorities to temporarily confiscate firearms from people that could be potentially dangerous to themselves or the community.

The business leaders highlighted that gun violence in the United States is not inevitable but preventable. They encouraged Congress to support commonsense gun laws approved by the majority of the Americans.

The CEOs also urged the Republican-controlled Senate to pass the measure updating the background check system that the Congress established 25 years ago. The bill already passed in the Democratic-led House in February.

The chief executives of Twitter, Uber, Levi Strauss & Co., Airbnb, and Lyft are among the most recognizable names on the list, which also includes CEOs from tech, media, and startups.

A closer look into the list shows that two people closely related to Washington also participated in the initiative. The first one is the brother of Ivanka Trump's husband - Joshua Kushner, the founder of Thrive Capital. The other one is Steve Pagliuca, the co-chairman of Bain Capital founded by Senator Mitt Romney.

A further look into the document proves the missing signatures of CEOs of big tech firms, among which Facebook, Apple, and Google. 

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon did not sign the letter too. Despite that Walmart recently decided to decrease its gun and ammunition sales, its CEO Dough McMillon did not join the other 145 CEOs in their pledge.

The letter goes viral a day after Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., had a telephone conversation with President Trump advocating for stricter background checks.

According to Sen. Manchin, the 45-minute-conversation was engaging and fruitful. Sen. Manchin pointed out that President Trump showed incentives to move forward and tackle the gun violence issue.

The President's administration spent the last couple of weeks trying to find a bill or a package of measures to pass the Senate and gain the support from Democrats and Republicans. The White House is also looking at various mental health measures, but it has not come up with a solution so far. 

Calls for urgent gun control legislation have grown louder since the two mass shootings in August in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. 

What do you think -- Do you support or oppose the CEO's initiative to urge Congress to take action on gun violence?