CEOs to Senate: Enact Gun Laws


Once again, advocacy for gun regulation has popped up like a whack-a-mole, far from lefty terrain. Before, it sprang from Catholic pro-lifers. Yesterday, it emerged in a letter to US senators from 145 powerful CEOs, with the chiefs of Uber, Lyft, Levi Strauss, Gap, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Beyond Meat supplying their names.

Their logic appealed to America’s pragmatic side and painted with a different brush than the morality-driven Catholic pro-lifers. Compare their letter with Jesuit Father James Martin, who said this: “Those who consider themselves religious or pro-life must be invited to see that the desire to prevent gun-related deaths is part of the religious defense of the dignity of all life.” He was echoed by Christopher Hale and the US Catholic bishops.

The business people were all business: “As leaders of some of America’s most respected companies and those with significant business interests in the United States, we are writing to you because we have a responsibility and obligation to stand up for the safety of our employees, customers and all Americans communities we serve across the country. Doing nothing about America’s gun violence is simply unacceptable and it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety.”

The entire letter can be found here.

This isn’t the first time company leaders have seen their civic responsibility. In 2017, many objected to President Trump’s rollback of Obama-era environmental and climate change regulations, reasoning that droughts, floods, rising seas, and mammoth storms were bad for the bottom line. They’re not totally a-moral — some may have signed statements emanating from their churches, synagogues, temples, or mosques — but their pragmatism underscores an ultimate reality: Practical concerns and moral verities eventually meet. To put it another way, it’s unprofitable to be immoral.

Follow the link. Read the letter. It opens up another avenue by which we might save lives.



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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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