Julianne Moore is calling upon her fellow actors to collectively use their voices in support of gun safety.
Partnering up with Everytown for Gun Safety, which is the largest U.S. gun violence prevention organization, Moore has launched the new Everytown Creative Council. The new council is currently made up of 79 members from the creative community, including Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence, Aziz Ansari, Kim Kardashian, Judd Apatow and Ellen DeGeneres.
Moore told People,
I was going through my address book alphabetically. That’s all I did. ‘Please, are you interested,’ and the response has been overwhelming. I’m so, so thrilled. Everybody feels this way about this issue. I feel like with gun safety, there have been many people who feel threatened by saying something but I don’t think I’m saying anything that’s unreasonable. With all of these rights that we have in our Constitution come a great deal of responsibility, and I think the founding fathers would agree with me.
She recalled how the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, Connecticut in 2012 prompted her to act: “I remember my daughter [Liv, 12] came to work with me that day. I was doing a movie in Queens and when we got into the van, I actually said to the driver, ‘Turn the radio off.’ She was young so the whole day, I kept the TV and the radio off.
The actress, who also has a 17-year-old son Caleb, explained further, “She had her phone with her and she said, ‘Mommy, did some kids get shot? I was like, ‘I’ve had it.’ I said to my husband, [director Bart Freundlich], ‘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.”
“As actors, we are citizens first so we believe in the Constitution and the Second Amendment,” Moore added. “But 92 percent of the people in the United States are in favor 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.”
She also highlighted the need for greater restrictions for obtaining a gun: “For cars, you have to have training and you have to have a license, and you wear seat belts and we have airbags and we have all of these things in place that have reduced fatalities unbelievably. And it was a totally unregulated industry at first. I feel like something that is very sensible and straight forward can be done also with guns.”
The press release for the Everytown Creative Council notes that the group will use its “cultural influence to support common-sense solutions proven to save lives from the gun violence that claims 88 American lives every day and injures hundreds more.”
It’s Moore’s wish that the the Council not only create greater awareness and support for gun violence prevention, but also for greater responsibility. Furthermore, the council’s aim is not to fight the 2nd Amendment, the right to bear arms.
We do not believe that the 2nd Amendment and gun safety are mutually exclusive ideas, and as a creative community, we will do everything we can to support the safety of our fellow Americans, and galvanize more to join us in this movement.