Gun regulation has long been a hotly-debated issue, but the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, provoked even more discourse on the topic. Following the tragedy, celebrities like Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx and John Legend used their fame to influence and affect change. They joined several other stars including Chris Rock, Carmelo Anthony, Ellen, Jessica Alba and Chris Paul, to film “Demand a Plan,” a PSA urging stricter gun control laws. The celebs name several other mass and individual shooting tragedies that have occurred in classrooms, movie theaters, street corners and even places of worship.
Organized by a campaign of approx. 800 mayors and 800,000 grassroots supporters against illegal guns, the video refers users to a website where they can sign a petition to demand that President Obama and Congress step forward with a plan to end gun violence. Demand A Plan encourages stricter gun control laws and thus directly contests the NRA’s suggestion to hire armed guards at schools.