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Julianne Moore Launches Creative Council To Support Gun Safety

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 13/10/2015 Julia Brucculieri

Julianne Moore has joined forces with Everytown for Gun Safety to launch the Everytown Creative Council in support of preventing gun violence. 

Moore spoke to People magazine about the new council, which is currently made up of 79 members of the creative community including Aziz Ansari, Kim Kardashian, Judd Apatow and Ellen DeGeneres. According to a press release, the group will use its "cultural influence to support common-sense solutions proven to save lives from the gun violence that claims 88 American lives every day and injures hundreds more."  

The actress explained that her motivation to get involved in the gun safety discussion stemmed from the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012. 

"I remember my daughter came to work with me that day. I was doing a movie in Queens and when we got into the van, I actually said to the driver, 'Turn the radio off,'" Moore told People. "She was young, so the whole day, I kept the TV and the radio off." 

Later that same night, after looking at her phone, the actress' daughter asked her if kids were shot.

"I was like, 'I've had it.' I said to my husband, [director Bart Freundlich], 'I've got to do something. This is the one thing that I need to say something about. This is my responsibility as a parent." 

Moore hopes that with the help of the council, she can help create awareness for change. A note on the website reads, "We believe the creative community has an opportunity to use our communications skills and the power of culture to galvanize many more Americans in the gun violence prevention movement."   

Moore also noted in a press release that the council is not meant to fight against the 2nd Amendment. 

"We do not believe that the 2nd Amendment and gun safety are mutually exclusive ideas, and as a creative community, we will do everything we can to support the safety of our fellow Americans, and galvanize more to join us in this movement." 

To find out more about the Everytown Creative Council, head to their website

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