Still Alice and Boogie Nights actor blames gun lobby for failure to make progress on firearms legislation
The Oscar-winning actor Julianne Moore has claimed in a new blog post that a “large majority of gun owners” support reforms to US gun control legislation.
Moore, who formed Everytown Creative Council, a Hollywood branch of the pro gun-control campaign Everytown for Gun Safety earlier this month , blamed the powerful gun lobby for a failure to make progress on changes to the law.
“We know that more than 90 percent of Americans support common-sense reforms that are proven to save lives,” she wrote in an article for the Huffington Post. “What not enough people know, and what the gun lobby doesn’t want more of us to know, is that a large majority of gun owners support these reforms too.
“While we have made dramatic progress in states and cities across the country, we still haven’t done for gun safety what we’ve done for auto safety,” added Moore. “The problem comes down to a powerful but calcified gun lobby that is out of step with its own constituents of gun owners and with the American people.”
The 54-year-old star of Still Alice, Boogie Nights and The Hours said legislators could look to changes in US car safety laws, targeting drink driving and failure to wear seatbelts, as examples of successful reform.
“Many of us remember driving around without seatbelts or when driving drunk wasn’t taboo,” she said. “Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other groups teamed up with legislators and, together, they made it unacceptable and illegal to drive drunk or without buckling up. As a result, countless lives have been saved.”
Moore also discussed her reasons for forming the new Everytown Creative Council, which features luminaries such as Amy Schumer, JJ Abrams, Jessica Chastain, Lee Daniels, Ron Howard, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, Seth MacFarlane, Reese Witherspoon, Alec Baldwin and Jeff Bridges.
“We’re acting now because, for too long, the gun debate in this country has focused on choosing a side: pro-gun or anti-gun. That is simply a false choice,” said Moore.
“We respect the Second Amendment, but keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of convicted criminals, terrorists, domestic abusers, stalkers and dangerous people isn’t anti-gun; it’s pro-common sense.”
Everytown For Gun Safety was launched in April 2014 by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg with the aim of levelling the playing field against the U.S.’s powerful pro-gun lobby. According to Shootingtracker.com, the shooting in Oregon on 1 October, in which gunman Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, killed nine people, was the 994th mass gun attack in the US in the past three years .
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