An Open Letter to the U.S. Senate


CEOs for Gun Safety


Gun violence in America is not inevitable, it’s preventable. Join the growing list of CEOs who have signed on to support a letter to the U.S. Senate, urging Congress to take action on gun safety measures. We will continue to accept new CEO signatories until Congress stands with the American public and takes meaningful action.


Dear Members of the Senate:


Our hearts are with the victims, their families and loved ones and all those affected by the tragic shootings in El Paso and West Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. These families became members of a club that no one wants to join: the millions of Americans whose lives have been forever altered by gun violence.

 

Every day, 100 Americans are shot and killed and hundreds more are wounded. These are more than mass shootings; in recent weeks, gun violence has devastated Chicago, Canoga Park, Newport News, Gilroy and Brooklyn, among others. This is a public health crisis that demands urgent action. 

 

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. Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable and it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety.

  

Gun violence in America is not inevitable; it’s preventable. There are steps Congress can, and must, take to prevent and reduce gun violence. We need our lawmakers to support common-sense gun laws that could prevent tragedies like these. 


That’s why we urge the Senate to stand with the American public and take action on gun safety by passing a bill to require background checks on all gun sales and a strong Red Flag law that would allow courts to issue life-saving extreme risk protection orders.


Background checks and Extreme Risk laws (also referred to as "Red Flag laws") are proven to save lives. Since Congress established the background check system 25 years ago, background checks have blocked more than 3.5 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers, including to convicted felons, domestic abusers, and people who have been involuntarily committed.

 

However, in the decades since, the law requiring background checks on gun sales has not been updated to reflect how people buy guns today. The Senate must follow the House’s lead by passing bipartisan legislation that would update the background checks law, helping to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, in an effort to save lives. Background checks on all gun sales are a common-sense solution with overwhelming public support and are a critical step toward stemming the gun violence epidemic in this country.


Perpetrators of mass shootings, school shootings, and hate crimes often display warning signs before committing violent acts. Additionally, people who end their life with a gun also often show signs that they are in crisis before they act. Interventions in states with Extreme Risk laws have already prevented potential tragedies. Expanding Extreme Risk laws to enable families and law enforcement nationwide to intervene when someone is at serious risk of hurting themselves or others is critical to preventing future tragedies.


These proposals are common-sense, bipartisan and widely supported by the American public. It is time for the Senate to take action. 

 

Sincerely,


Organizations with more than 500 employees:


Brian Chesky, Co-Founder, Head of Community and CEO, Airbnb

Keith Mestrich, President and CEO, Amalgamated Bank

Andrew Anagnost, President and CEO, Autodesk

John Connaughton and Jonathan Lavine, Co-Managing Partners, and Josh Bekenstein and  Steve Pagliuca, Co-Chairmen, Bain Capital

Ethan Brown, Co-Founder and CEO, Beyond Meat

Peter T. Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg LP

Owen Thomas, CEO, Boston Properties

Amar Hanspal, CEO, Bright Machines

Ric Clark, Chairman, Brookfield Property Group

John Driscoll, CEO, Carecentrix

Fritz Lanman, CEO, ClassPass 

Roger Lynch, CEO, Condé Nast

Ken Lin, Founder and CEO, Credit Karma

Tim Andree, Executive Chairman and CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network

Edward Stack, CEO, DICK'S Sporting Goods 

Tony Xu, Co-Founder and CEO, DoorDash

Doug Baker, Chairman and CEO, Ecolab

Richard Edelman, President and CEO, Edelman

Julia Hartz, Co-Founder and CEO, Eventbrite

Art Peck, CEO, Gap Inc.

Eddy Lu, CEO, Goat Group

Ben Lerer, Co-Founder and CEO, Group Nine Media

Yannick Bolloré, CEO, Havas Group

Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO and Founder, Horizon Media

Ron Howard, Founder, and Brian Grazer, CEO, Imagine Entertainment

Patrick O. Brown, MD, PhD, Founder and CEO, Impossible Foods

Michael Roth, Chairman and CEO, Interpublic

Dave Habiger, President and CEO, JD Power

Rob Frohwein, Co-Founder and CEO, and Kathryn Petralia, Co-Founder and President,  Kabbage Inc. and Drum Technologies

Jieho Lee, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Knighted Ventures

Todd Carmichael, Co-Founder and CEO, La Colombe

Chip Bergh, President and CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.

Logan Green, Co-Founder and CEO, and John Zimmer, Co-Founder and President, Lyft

Ben Chestnut, Co-Founder and CEO, and Dan Kurzius, Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer, Mailchimp

Jeffrey M Weiner, Chairman & CEO, Marcum LLP

Tom Harty, President and CEO, Meredith Corporation

Dev Ittycheria, President and CEO, MongoDB, Inc.

Howard Marks, Co-Chairman, Oaktree Capital Management

Todd McKinnon, Co-Founder and CEO, Okta

John Wren, Chairman and CEO, Omnicom Group

Ben Silbermann, Co-Founder and CEO, Pinterest 

Bastian Lehmann, Co-Founder & CEO, Postmates

Hamid R. Moghadam, Chairman and CEO, Prologis 

Arthur Sadoun, Chairman and CEO, Publicis Groupe

Steve Huffman, CEO, Reddit

Jennifer Hyman, Founder and CEO, Rent the Runway

Marc Lefar, President and CEO, RentPath

Richard Fain, CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Scott Rechler, Chairman and CEO, RXR Realty 

Stewart Butterfield, Co-Founder and CEO, Slack

Jon Oringer, Founder and CEO, Shutterstock, Inc.

Jack Dorsey, CEO, Square and Twitter

Anthony Casalena, Founder and CEO, Squarespace

Zander Lurie, CEO, SurveyMonkey

James M. Stone, Chairman, The Plymouth Rock Group of Companies

Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

Blake Mycoskie, Founder and Chief Shoe Giver, and Jim Alling, CEO, TOMS

Jeff Lawson, Co-Founder and CEO, Twilio

Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Uber

Daniel Ramot, Co-Founder and CEO, Via 

Melissa Waggener Zorkin, Global CEO and Founder, WE

Mark Read, CEO, WPP

Jeremy Stoppelman, Co-Founder and CEO, Yelp

Jay Fulcher, Chairman and CEO, Zenefits


Organizations with fewer than 500 employees:


Carlos M Herrera, CEO, Aeropost Inc.

Kevin P. Ryan, Founder and CEO, AlleyCorp

Travis Truett, Co-Founder and CEO, Ambition

John W. Rogers, Jr., Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO, and Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO & President, Ariel Investments, LLC

Mike Steib, CEO, Artsy

Sean Knapp, Co-Founder and CEO, Ascend.io

Andrei Cherny, Co-Founder and CEO, Aspiration

Rex Kurzius, Founder, Asset Panda

Abdur Chowdhury, CEO, Aura

Fahim M. Aziz, Founder and CEO, Backpack

JJ Abrams, Chairman and Co-CEO, and Katie McGrath, Co-CEO, Bad Robot

Ari Paparo, CEO, BeeswaxIO Corporation

Ryan Block, Co-Founder, Begin

John Borthwick, Founder and CEO, Betaworks 

Frank Sculli, CEO, BioDigital 

Rix Kramlich, CEO, Blurb

Raphael Crawford-Marks, Co-Founder and CEO, Bonusly

Darren Lachtman, Co-Founder, Brat

William H. Magnuson, CEO, Braze, Inc.

Trevor McFedries, CEO, Brud

Sameer Shariff, Co-Founder, Cambly

Analisa Goodin, Founder and CEO, Catch&Release, Inc. 

Andrew Feldman, Founder and CEO, Cerebras Systems

John Saroff, CEO, Chartbeat

M L Morris, CEO, Chemical Concepts Inc.

Chris Britt, Co-Founder and CEO, Chime

George Favvas, CEO, Circle Medical

Alex MacCaw, CEO, Clearbit

Mary R. Cleaver, President, Cleaver Co

Tyler Bosmeny, CEO, Clever

Matt Martin, Co-Founder and CEO, Clockwise

Othman Laraki, Co-Founder and CEO, Color Genomics

Kevin Cronin, President & CEO, CroninCRE Inc.

Jager McConnell, CEO, Crunchbase, Inc.

Apu Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO, Curalate, Inc. 

David Oates, Co-Founder and CEO, Curtsy

Cynthia Rowley, Founder and Designer, and Allie Egan, President and CEO, Cynthia Rowley

Brian Ree, Founder and CEO, DAILYLOOK

Matt Rednor, Founder and CEO, Decoded Advertising

Ed Park, Co-Founder and CEO, and Todd Park, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Devoted Health 

Saurabh Ladha, CEO, Doxel, Inc. 

Andy Coravos, Co-Founder and CEO, Elektra Labs

Laurene Powell Jobs, President, Emerson Collective

David Thomas, Founder and CEO, Evident ID, Inc.

Hooman Radfar, Partner, Expa

Ale Breuer, CEO, Ezza Nails

Andrew Shearer, Founder and CEO, Farmshelf

Pradeep Elankumaran, Co-Founder & CEO, Farmstead

Sara Sutton, Founder and CEO, FlexJobs

Desiree Gruber, CEO, Full Picture

Jared Hecht, Founder and CEO, Fundera

Ken Chenault, Chairman and Managing Director, Joel Cutler, Co-Founder and Managing Director, David Fialkow, Co-Founder and Managing Director, and Hemant Taneja, Managing Director, General Catalyst 

Jon R. Pundyk, CEO, Glamorise Foundations, Inc.

Jude Gomila, Founder and CEO, Golden

Brian Dally, Co-Founder and CEO, GROUNDFLOOR

Rick Nucci, Co-Founder and CEO, Guru

Rich Pierson. Co-Founder and CEO, Headspace Inc. 

Michelle Hirons, Founder and CEO, HigherRing

Andrew Dudum, Founder and CEO, Hims & Hers

Kara Goldin, Founder and CEO, Hint, Inc.

Jeff Sellinger, Co-Founder and CEO, HipDot 

Prerna Gupta, CEO, Hooked

Cyrus Massoumi, Managing Partner, humbition

Indra Gardiner Bowers, CEO, i.d.e.a

Nell Derick Debevoise, Founder and CEO, Inspiring Capital

Kristin Savilia, CEO, JOOR

Pierre Valade, CEO, Jumbo Privacy

William Martino, Founder and CEO, Kadena

Jake Perlman-Garr, CEO, Kanga

Ian Schafer, Co-Founder and CEO, Kindred.

Miriam Altman, CEO, Kinvolved

Warren Shaeffer, Co-Founder and CEO, Knowable

Aaron Kwittken, Founder and CEO, KWT Global and Host, Brand on Purpose Podcast

Jack Altman, CEO, Lattice

Donna LaVoie, President and CEO, LaVoieHealthScience

Emily Lonigro, Founder and President, LimeRed

Harry Zhang, Co-Founder, and Leore Avidar, Co-Founder and CEO, Lob

Scott Almquist, CEO, Lucidity Lights Inc.

Maiya Holliday, CEO, Mangrove Web Development

David Ackert, President and CEO, Maple Craft Foods

Aaron N. Block, Co-Founder and Managing Director, MetaProp.vc

Carrie Fox, Founder and CEO, Mission Partners

Dr. Nelva Lee, Founder and President, MiTio Inc. 

Jamie Hampton, CEO, Mixte Communications

Afton Vechery, Co-Founder and CEO, Modern Fertility

Vivek Sharma, Founder & CEO, Movable Ink

Michael W. Kempner, CEO and Founder, MWWPR

Andrew Fisher, Founder and CEO, Myriad360

Jennifer Piette, Founder and CEO, Narrative Food

Dan Parham, Founder and CEO, and Tee Parham, Founder and CTO, Neighborland

Shafqat Islam, CEO, NewsCred

Sarah Friar, CEO, Nextdoor

Athan Stephanopoulos, President, NowThis

Varsha Rao, CEO, Nurx

William E. Oberndorf, Chairman, Oberndorf Enterprises

Steven Rosenblatt, Co-Founder and General Partner, Oceans

Nick Huzar, Co-Founder and CEO, OfferUp

James Segil, Co-Founder and President, Openpath

Jordan Husney, CEO, Parabol

Doug Aley, CEO, Paravision

Jonathan Spier, CEO, PLAE

John Milinovich, CEO, Plato Design

Rajat Suri, CEO, Presto

Christopher Gavigan, Founder and CEO, Prima

Lorraine Schuchart, APR, Founder and CEO, Prosper for Purpose

Adam Regelmann, Founder and COO, Quartzy

Felix Schein, President, RALLY

Nate Maslak, Co-Founder and CEO, and Nate Fox, Co-Founder and CTO, Ribbon Health

Crystal Mario, CEO, Rivanna Natural Designs, Inc.

Zachariah Reitano, Co-Founder and CEO, Ro

Gary Beasley, Co-Founder and CEO, Roofstock

Stephen Ehikian, Co-Founder and CEO, Ruist

Lisa Rodriguez, CEO, Seismic

Brian Schechter, CEO, SelfMade 

Dilip Rao, Co-Founder & CEO, Sharebite

Olga Vidisheva, Founder and CEO, Shoptiques Inc.

Dan Doctoroff, CEO, Sidewalk Labs

Jason Tan, CEO, Sift

Matt Cooper, CEO, Skillshare 

Grant Jordan, CEO, SkySafe

Josh Guttman, Co-Founder and CEO and Florent Peyre, Co-Founder and President, Small Door 

Michael Carvin, Co-Founder and CEO, SmartAsset

Aaron King, Founder and CEO, Snapdocs, Inc. 

Neil Capel, CEO, Solve.io

Shripriya Mahesh, Founding Partner, Spero Ventures

Ben Hindman, Co-Founder and CEO, Splash

Pierre-Jean "PJ" Cobut, Co-Founder and CEO, Spry Health

Evan Beard, Founder and CEO, Standard Bots

Stanlee R. Gatti, Founder, Stanlee R. Gatti Designs

Jordy Leiser, Co-Founder and CEO, Stella Connect

Bradford Oberwager, Chairman, Sundia Corp. and CEO, Jyve Corp

Ross Feinstein, CEO, Sunlight Health

Paul Budnitz, CEO, Superplastic

Ron Conway, Founder, SV Angel

Timothy Armstrong, Founder and CEO, the dtx company

Maria Molland, CEO, Thinx

Heidi Zak, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, and David Spector, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, ThirdLove

Yashar Nejati, CEO, thisopenspace inc.

Joshua Kushner, Founder and Managing Partner, Thrive Capital

Chris Wang, CEO, ThunderCore Inc.

Arun Saigal, CEO, Thunkable 

Corbett Kull, CEO, Tillable

Meghan Jewitt, CEO, Uniform Teeth

Eric Savage, Co-founder and CEO, Unitus Capital

Andy MacMillan, CEO, UserTesting

Yat-Pang Au, CEO, Veritas Investments, Inc.

Nicholas Goldner, Co-Founder and CEO, and Christopher Bulow, Co-Founder and COO, Viosera Therapeutics 

Ken Chong, CEO, Virtual Kitchen Co

Irv Remedios, CEO, Voxer

Oliver Cameron, Co-Founder and CEO, Voyage

Chase Adam, Co-Founder and CEO, and Grace Garey, Co-Founder and COO, Watsi

Liz Wessel, Co-Founder and CEO, WayUp

Neil Waller, CEO, Whalar

Bismarck Lepe, CEO, Wizeline

Dennis R. Mortensen, Founder and CEO, x.ai, inc.

Geoff Ralston, President, Y Combinator

Shan-Lyn Ma, Co-Founder and CEO, Zola

Corey Manicone, CEO, Zuul Kitchens