Twitter, the GAP, 143 Other Businesses Press Congress for Gun Control

El Paso mass shooting

El Paso mass shooting

"Doing nothing about America's gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable and it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety", the leaders of 145 companies said in a letter sent Thursday, the New York Times reported.

"Specifically, it prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check", according to a summary of the bill.

Gun control has been a topic of conversation for years and is often most talked about after a tragic shooting.

The executives highlighted the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, as well as the number of Americans killed or harmed by gun violence each day. Nearly 40 people were killed and more than 70 were injured between the three shootings.

Apple and Google in particular have also grappled with gun violence at their respective offices.

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The letter includes support from major companies like Conde Nast, Dicks Sporting Goods, AirBnB, Postmates and Bain Capital among others.

"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 in the communities we serve across the country".

The CEOs of more than 100 companies are stepping into the nation's gun debate, imploring Congress to expand background checks and enact a strong "red flag" law.

On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of US senators said they wanted to revive a failed 2013 bill to close loopholes on the law requiring gun sale background checks, but it remained unclear whether Trump would support it.

The business leaders' letter comes after the Washington Post editorial board singled out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a Tuesday op-ed and called on him to ban assault weapons, saying it would save lives. Advocates for the reform measure credit it with being able to prevent tragedies before they happen, although critics argue it could be a slippery slope leading to a larger crackdown on firearms and a violation of constitutional rights. "It is time for the Senate to take action".

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