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Tory Burch has teamed up with Julianne Moore to speak out against gun violence and urge for policy change.
Today marked the Tory Burch Foundation’s third annual Embrace Ambition Summit, an event that works to confront “new stereotypes and create new norms,” per the summit’s website. For the keynote conversation, the actress and designer called out gun violence as an urgent public health crisis.
“The majority of people believe in common sense laws. The majority of people want this,” Moore said during the summit. “Simply raising the age to buy a gun would decrease [gun violence] significantly.”
As the founding chair of the Everytown Creative Council, Moore has worked tirelessly with the organization “to amplify the movement to end gun violence in this country,” per Everytown's website. With more than 8 million politicians, parents, teachers, doctors, and students involved, Everytown provides evidence-based solutions, supports survivors, and advances gun control policies.
Monisha Henley, Everytown's director of state affairs, joined the conversation to talk about her personal experience with gun violence, having suffered the loss of a college friend to a shooting.
Henley added that domestic violence can oftentimes be linked to access to guns. “The fact is that if there is a gun in the home, and there is an abusive relationship in the home, a woman is more likely to be shot and killed," she said. "One million women in this country have suffered a gunshot wound because of an abusive partner. One million. That is not the world that we want to live in.”
To those who believe that the astronomical rates of gun violence in the U.S. is an unfortunate by-product of the country's mental health crisis, Moore says, “Mental health is not an American problem, right? I mean the whole world struggles with issues of mental health, it is a human condition. But we are the only developed country in the world that has this kind of access to guns.”
“Hopes and prayers are not enough,” Burch said. “There is not one person I can think of, Republican or Democrat, who isn’t horrified and heartbroken by this continuing violence.”
You can watch the whole conversation here.
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