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Names include Kim Kardashian, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawerence
Julianne Moore has enlisted the help of 80 other celebrities to launch a Hollywood gun safety campaign, after being deeply affected by the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut.
Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon, Kim Kardashian and Steve Carell are just some of the stars who have signed up after the Oscar-winning actress went through her address book alphabetically to ask who wanted to be part of the campaign.
Members of the group – named The Everytown Creative Council – said they were “shocked and saddened by the loss of life, and the daily increase of gun violence in our beautiful country”.
The group aims to get more voters to support measures such as enhanced background checks for those who want to buy guns.
Moore told People that she was shocked into action after the shootings in 2012, in which 26 people died.
‘I was like, “I’ve had it,”‘ she said. ‘I said to my husband, “I’ve got to do something. This is the one thing that I need to say something about. This is my responsibility as a parent.”‘
She added: ‘As actors, we are citizens first so we believe in the Constitution and the Second Amendment. But 92% of the people in the United States are in favour of background checks, too, so I don’t feel like I’m in the minority. I definitely feel like I’m in the majority here.’
The pledge that the stars have signed reads: ‘By signing our names to this statement, we commit to use our creativity and visibility in the months ahead to help drive real change. While these are just the first steps, we pledge to use our voices wherever and whenever we can, doing our part to help mobilise more Americans to help save lives from gun violence.’