Everytown For Gun Safety, the gun control group supported by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a list of 130 authors who pledged themselves to fight against gun violence.
The Everytown Authors Council consists of “authors, illustrators and editors; agents; and others deeply connected in the literary community.”
“It is designed to harness the power of the literary community to amplify the gun safety movement,” according to the Authors Council pledge. “The group uses its collective reach and cultural influence to support commonsense solutions proven to save lives from the gun violence that claims 93 American lives every day and injures hundreds more.”
“We stand united and will work to reach more people, recruit more supporters and achieve more victories,” the pledge reads. “By signing our names to this statement, we commit to use our creativity and visibility in the months ahead to help drive real change. While these are just the first steps, we pledge to use our voices wherever and whenever we can, doing our part to help mobilize more Americans to help save lives from gun violence.”
Writers are “singularly suited to speak out on the need for common-sense gun laws,” DC Comics “Wonder Woman” writer Jodi Picoult said, Guns.com reported. “Our job as writers is to get people to engage and to start talking – and this is a conversation we as a nation badly need to have.”