Tech Industry Leaders "Demand A Plan" On Gun Control

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Last year, tech luminaries across the internet lent their power and influence to a massive online protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act bill, or SOPA. The bill was not passed. Today, some of the tech world’s biggest names publicly put their support behind a different political cause, a call for stricter gun control.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a lobbying group composed of 750 US mayors, ran a full-page ad in the New York Times on Wednesday morning calling for President Obama and congress to put forth a plan for tighter gun control in the wake of the Newton, Connecticut tragedy. A number of tech business lent their names to the ad, including Randi Zuckerberg, Twitter Co-Founder Ev Williams, Skype President Tony Bates, Flickr Co-Founder Caterina Fake, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley, Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue, and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. 

The ad details Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Demand a Plan campaign, which specifically asks for a plan that includes an assault weapons ban, a federal firearms trafficking statute and the passage of the Fix Gun Checks Act. 

Some signees of the ad have taken to social media to promote their support. With a yellow “#Demandaplan” banner added to his user icon, Marc Benioff tweeted,

“@MikeBloomberg has it right: . He's a great american leader. I love his philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and mayorship!!”.

New York City Mayor Bloomburg is one of the co-founders of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. For his part, Mayor Bloomberg had this to say on Twitter,

“Thanks to @erichippeau, @fredwilson & the tech community for joining us to #DemandAPlan:”

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  • Chuck... Says:

    There is a big push to do something, anything, except face the fact that this horror was the fault of a person committing a wicked act. If he had run into the school with a machete and systematically hacked these poor innocents to pieces, it would still be a person committing a wicked act. People that want more gun control, want more gun control. Decent people would wait until the analysis of what happened and why it happened before running about like senseless chickens demanding that the sky be put back in its place or that Humpty Dumpty not be allowed to sit on walls before demolishing all of the walls. Mayor Bloomburg wants all guns banned and is rabid about it. The fact that the people above have signed a petition and paid for it to be published is their right. It doesn't make their opposition to gun ownership right but if one is foolish enough to believe their way of thinking it will make them less trouble to deal with when someone wants to shut them up or take what they have because they won’t have the means to protect themselves. Do you need to have a means of protection from the government? The Second Amendment to the Constitution grants you that right and provides a means to protect that right as well as the Right of Free Speech aka the First Amendment to the Constitution.

  • Rich Hess Says:

    There is this big push to do something. Everyone jumping on the gun ban is pure reaction, for the sole purpose of doing something. Even if the proposed "fixes" won't really solve anything. We do need to do something but I don't think this is the right thing to do. Enacting laws and legislation based on emotion and not facts will bring nothing but trouble. A firearm is no more or less a tool than a hammer or wrench. You can just as easily kill with either of those. In the end, if bad people want to do bad things they will find a way.

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