250 CEOS Call for “Immediate Action” on Civilian Disarmament

On June 9, 2022, CEOs Chip Bergh (Levi Strauss) and  Lauren Hobart (Dick’s Sporting Goods) and 248 other CEOS from other prominent companies sent a letter to the United States Senate demanding for further gun control.

Axios was able to obtain a copy of the letter, which models a letter that was sent to Congress in 2019. This iteration of the letter featured some changes to the message and a larger number of signatories. 

According to AWR Hawkins, a partnership between Levi’s and Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety is what prompted this letter to be sent to the Senate. 

In this letter, the CEOs deemed gun violence as a “public health crisis,” calling attention to gun crime’s economic impact and gun crime’s human cost.

The interesting thing here is that the 250 CEOS did not make any specific recommendations for what gun control legislation should be passed nor did they proclaim that gun control will prevent gun crime. 

Instead, the CEOs called for “immediate action” on guns:

We urge the Senate to take immediate action. Gun violence can be prevented. Our families, our communities, and our places of business are depending on you. Stand with us and the American public. Put the safety of your constituents and their children first. Transcend partisanship and work together to pass bold legislation to address gun violence in our country.

Hawkins added that “CEOs from Lyft, Lululemon, San Francisco Giants, Steve Madden Ltd., and Yelp are also among the signatories to the gun control letter.”

While these CEOs have not made any official proclamations on gun control, it would not be surprising to see them become more explicitly in favor of civilian disarmament in the near future.

The fact is that the average business magnate these days is well to the left of their Gilded Age counterparts such as John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, who still believed in the nation-state and in traditional American civil liberties. 

Gun owners must start becoming proactive in their economic and business affairs. We can no longer afford to patronize businesses who hate our freedoms. The battles we face now go beyond the ballot box. We must have all of these bases covered if we truly want to preserve our freedoms.

José Niño is a freelance writer and political analyst based in Austin, Texas. Sign up for his mailing list here. Contact him via Facebook or Twitter. Get his premium newsletter on political strategy here. Subscribe to his Substack here


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