Hollywood stars Julianne Moore and Kyra Sedgwick threw their support Wednesday behind an effort to pressure lawmakers for more gun control laws.
The new Everytown for Gun Safety campaign encourages Americans to make 1 million calls to Congress before the midterm elections in 2018.
The National Rifle Association is backing legislation that would water-down gun silencer safety laws, and require states to accept gun permits issued by other states.
Both measures are sharply opposed by gun control advocates.
“I think it’s a public health crisis. Guns are such a hazard. We need more regulations to keep our population safe,” said Julianne Moore on Wednesday.
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“We have a responsibility to use our voice to make a difference,” said Moore, 56, the chair of the creative arm of the group, at the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District.
“I think it’s a public health crisis. Guns are such a hazard. We need more regulations to keep our population safe.”
Shenee Johnson lost her 17-year-old son Kedrick Morrow in 2010. He had just won an academic scholarship to St. John’s University when he was shot to death at a Queens party.
Kyra Sedgwick is also backing an effort to push lawmakers to enact tougher gun control laws.
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“I know there are too many other mothers like me in this country,” she said.
“It may be too late for Kendrick, but it’s not too late for so many other children.”
On Oct. 1, Stephen Paddock rained bullets from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel, killing 58 people in 10 minutes.
An AR-15 rifle fitted with a “bump stock.”
Another 489 were injured — shot, trampled or hit by shrapnel.
Paddock used so-called bump stocks on his semi-automatic rifles during the massacre. The devices allows the gun to fire at a rate close to that of a machine gun.
The NRA has said it backs a review of bump stocks, but it is still pressing other legislation that loosens gun laws.
Police officers stand at the scene of the mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas on Oct. 1.
“For too long we’ve accepted mass shootings and day-to-day gun violence as the norm, but Everytown and Moms Demand Action continually prove that we don’t have to accept any of these tragedies as status quo … We have to do better, and have to make (the government) do better,” said Sedgwick, 52.
Under a bill sponsored by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), silencers would be removed from the National Firearms Act, thus allowing people to undergo a less extensive background check before getting one.
The permit bill — known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill — would require states to honor gun permits issued in other states, even if the latter has weaker gun laws than the former.
As part of the campaign, a public phone booth with a direct line to the Capitol was unveiled at the Standard. It comes with a script callers can use to demand a stop to NRA-backed bills.
“We have to say enough is enough,” said John Feinblatt, president of the group.