Friday, June 10, 2022

CEO's calling for gun bans

 Here is a list of CEO's who are gun banners. Not surprisingly, it includes the CEO's of Dick's Sporting Goods and Levi's. Most of these I am unfamiliar with. 

Why is it that people can't understand that we have a criminal violence problem? IF they were able to ban production from today forward, there is something on the order of half a billion firearms extant in the United States. Those won't go away. 

And, btw, how well has their drug ban worked?

And, btw, how well did their alcohol ban work?

2022 Letter

Dear Members of the Senate:

We, the undersigned CEOs, represent American companies from across the country. Like you, we continue to bear witness to the toll of America’s gun violence epidemic and its impact on our communities.

Our country needs you to take bold urgent action to address our gun violence epidemic. 

In recent weeks our country has been forced to reckon with the killings at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the equally horrifying events at the Tops market in Buffalo, and the 14 additional mass shootings that took place in just the ten days between the two. These shootings have destroyed families and communities, shaken our country and highlighted the lack of action from the US Senate. 

Mass shootings like these represent just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our country’s gun violence epidemic. You have surely seen the statistics: On average, more than 110 people are shot and killed in the United States every day, and more than 200 others are shot and wounded. These shootings happen in homes and at cookouts, in schools and houses of worship, in local businesses and big box stores, and on the streets our children travel every day. Among the affected are our employees, our customers, and the communities we work in. And our kids: guns are now the leading cause of death among children and teens. Each death means another empty chair at the dinner table, another empty seat in the church pew or the classroom, another worker missing on the assembly line. 

Taken together, the gun violence epidemic represents a public health crisis that continues to devastate communities – especially Black and Brown communities – and harm our national economy. All of this points to a clear need for action: the Senate must take urgent action to pass bold gun safety legislation as soon as possible in order to avoid more death and injury. 

On top of the human toll is a profound economic impact. At a time when our economy is struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, gun violence costs American taxpayers, employers and communities a staggering $280 billion per year. Employers lose $1.4 million every day in productivity and revenue, and costs associated with victims of gun violence. Communities that experience gun violence struggle to attract investment, create jobs, and see economic growth. 

We urge the Senate to take immediate action. Gun violence can be prevented. Our families, our communities, and our places of business are depending on you. Stand with us and the American public. Put the safety of your constituents and their children first. Transcend partisanship and work together to pass bold legislation to address gun violence in our country.  


The undersigned business leaders

Organizations with more than 500 employees:

Carlos M Herrera, President & CEO, Aeropost Inc

Andrew Anagnost, President & CEO, Autodesk

John Connaughton & Jonathan Lavine, Co-Managing Partners; Josh Bekenstein & Steve Pagliuca, Co-Chairmen, Bain Capital 

Matthew McCarthy, CEO, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc

Peter T. Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg LP

Owen D. Thomas, Chairman & CEO, Boston Properties/BXP

Bill Magnuson, CEO & Co-Founder, Braze, Inc.

Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder & CEO, Bumble

Dan Brettler, CEO, Car Toys Inc

John Driscoll, CEO, Carecentrix

Thomas W Scott, President & CEO, CentraState Healthcare System

Dan Rosensweig, CEO, Chegg, Inc. 

Marc Gorelick, President & CEO, Children's Minnesota

Chris Britt, Co-Founder & CEO, Chime

Paul J. Dolan, Chairman & CEO, Cleveland Guardians

Roger Lynch, CEO, Condé Nast

Kenneth Lin, Founder & CEOCredit Karma

Eddie Fishman, Member of the Executive Committee, D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P.

Ed Stack, Executive Chairman; Lauren Hobart, President & CEO, DICK’S Sporting Goods

Tony Xu, CEO & Co-Founder, DoorDash, Inc.

Christophe Beck, Chairman, President & CEO, Ecolab

Richard Edelman, CEO, Edelman

Julia Hartz, Co-Founder & CEO, Eventbrite

Peter Finn, CEO, Finn Partners, Inc.

Bryce Phillips, Founder & CEO, Evo

Michelle Lane Messina, CEO, Explora International

Nick Woodman, Founder & CEO, GoPro

Russell Glass, CEO, Headspace Health

Sasan Goodarzi, CEOIntuit

Libby Wadle, CEO, J.Crew Group

Rob Frohwein, Co-Founder & Former CEO, Kabbage

Kendra Scott, Founder & Chairwoman, Kendra Scott LLC

Kenneth Cole, Chairman & CEO, Kenneth Cole Productions

Rick Greenberg, CEO, Kepler

J Schwan, CEO, Kin + Carta

Jieho Lee, Managing Partner, Knighted Ventures

Jack Altman, CEO, Lattice

Chip Bergh, President & CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.

Neil M. Meltzer, President & CEO, LifeBridge Health

Luke J. Petherbridge, CEO, Link Logistics

Bracken Darrell, CEO, Logitech

Calvin McDonald, CEO, Lululemon Athletica

Logan Green, Co-Founder & CEO; John Zimmer, Co-Founder & President, Lyft

Don Weisberg, CEO & Jon Yaged, President & Incoming CEO, Macmillan Publishers

Zander Lurie, CEO, Momentive

Dev Ittycheria, President & CEO, MongoDB

Vivek Sharma, CEO, Movable Ink

Tim Chen, CEO, NerdWallet

Wayne Ting, CEO, Neutron Holdings (Lime)

Sarah Friar, CEO, Nextdoor

Michael J. Dowling, President & CEO, Northwell Health

Howard Marks & Bruce Karsh, Co-Chairs, Oaktree Capital Management

Toni Petersson, CEO, Oatly

Ryan Gellert, CEO, Patagonia

Manish Chandra, Founder & CEO, Poshmark, Inc.

Rich Tauer, President, Quality Bicycle Products

Frank Reig, CEO & Co-Founder, Revel

Zach Reitano, Co-Founder & CEO, Ro

Scott Rechler, CEO & Chairman, RXR

Al Guido, President, San Francisco 49ers

Laurence Baer, President & CEO, ​San Francisco Giants

Al Guido, President, San Francisco 49ers

Jon Oringer, Founder & CEO, Shutterstock

Brad Jackson, CEO, Slalom

Edward Rosenfeld, Chairman & CEO, Steven Madden, Ltd.

Garrett Boone, Chairman Emeritus, The Container Store

Richard S. Isaacs, MD, FACS, CEO & Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group, Inc. President & CEO The MidAtlantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C. Kaiser Permanente

Jeff Lawson, Founder, CEO & Chairperson, Twilio

Esi Eggleston Bracey, President, Unilever United States

Daniel Ramot, Co-Founder & CEO, Via

Anjali Sud, CEO, Vimeo

Melissa Waggener Zorkin, Global CEO & Founder, WE Communications

Bismarck Lepe, President & CEO, Wizeline

Mark Read, CEO, WPP

Jim Lanzone, CEO, Yahoo

Jeremy Stoppelman, Co-Founder & CEO, Yelp

Organizations with fewer than 500 employees:

Sam Caucci, Founder & CEO, 1Huddle

Giovan Scialdone, President, 3S Americas, 3S Lift

Cathy Claesson, Publisher, Adventure Sports Journal

Ellen Kinney, CEO, ALC

Alejandra Alonso Rojas, CEO, Alejandra Alonso Rojas

Alexander Julian, Founder & CEO, Alexander Julian Inc.

Ken Chong, CEO, All Day Kitchens

Kevin Ryan, Founder & CEO, AlleyCorp

Minal Mehta, CEO,

Todd Burleson, Director & Founder, Alpine Ascents International

Priscilla Sims Brown, President & CEO, Amalgamated Bank

Peter Angood MD, President & CEO, American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL)

Anna Sui, Designer, Anna Sui

Beckett Fogg, CEO, AREA

Mike Steib, CEO, Artsy

Andrei Cherny, CEO, Aspiration

Jon Patricof, CEO & Co-Founder, Athletes Unlimited

Abdur Chowdhury, CEO, Aura Home

Paul Dreyer, CEO, Avid4 Adventure

Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams, Co-CEOs, Bad Robot Productions

Dana Bergeman,CEO, Bergeman Group

John Borthwick, CEO, betaworks

Bibhu Mohapatra, CEO Creative Director, Bibhu Mohapatra

Jenn Oxborrow, Executive Director, Bike Utah

Frank Sculli, CEO, BioDigital

Robert Budman, Managing Principal, BLVD Capital

Raphael Crawford-Marks, CEO, Bonusly

Brad Werntz, Founder & Managing Member, Boulders Climbing Gym

Dave McTague, CEOBrandon Maxwell

Behnaz Ghahramani, CEO, Brother Vellies

Andrew Bleeker, President & Founder, Bully Pulpit Interactive

Bonnie Young, Founder, BY.BONNIE YOUNG

Maxeme Tuchman, CEO & Co-Founder, Caribu

Rony Elka Vardi, CEO, Catbird

Cathy Waterman, CEO, Cathy Waterman Inc

Mark G Mazzie, CEO, CfPIE Inc

Charlotte Neuville, President & CEO, Charlotte Neuville Designs, LLC

John Saroff, CEO, Chartbeat

Chloe Gosselin, CEO, Chloe Gosselin CG Design LL

Chris Burkard, Founder, Chris Burkard Studio

George Favvas, CEO, Circle Medical

Clare Vivier, CEO, Clare V.

Claudia Li, Owner, CLAUDIA LI LLC

Trish Sparks, CEO, Clever

David Jaber, Founder, Climate Positive Consulting

Robin Walter, CEO, Cloud Peak Expeditions

Jennifer Gurecki, CEO, Coalition Snow

Mary Allen Lindemann, Co-Founder & Community Builder, Coffee By Design

Fay Shapiro, CEO & Publisher, CommPro Global, Inc.

Frank Altman, CEO, Community Reinvestment Fund

Jason Parkin, President & CCO, Compose[d]

Karen Marotta, Founder & CEO, Content Curators LLC

Bart Myers, CEO, Countable

Bartholomew Kevin Cronin, President & CEO, CroninCRE Inc.

Cynthia Rowley, Founder & CEO, Cynthia Rowley

Brian Ree, President, Dailylook

David Meister, CEO & President, David Meister


Donald Deal, President, Donald Deal, Inc.

Cyrus Massoumi, CEO & Founder, Dr. B

Pradeep Elankumaran, Co-Founder & CEO, Farmstead

Graham Hiemstra, Founder, Field Mag

Nicole Alvino, CEO & Co-Founder, Firstup

Mo Clancy & Stephen Goldman, Co-Founders & CEO, Five Suns Food

Sara Sutton, Founder & CEO, FlexJobs

Alex Kronman, CEO, Flytedesk

Kevin Holmes, CEO, Founders Network

Jared Hecht, Founder, Fundera

Amy Hatch, Co-Founder, Garage Grown Gear

Michael Hoffman, CEO, Gather Voices

Ken Chenault, Chairman & Managing Director, General Catalyst

Taylor Asen, Partner, Gideon Asen LLC

Jon Pundyk, CEO, Glamorise Foundations, Inc.

Katherine Gold, President, CEO, Goldbug

Carrie Ritchie, Co-Founder & CEO, Good & Gold

David Redding, Founder & Manager, Goodfire Brewing Company

Rob Coughlin, General Manager, Granite Gear

Adam Howard, CEO, Height of Land Publications

Sylvie Millstein, Owner & Creative Director, Hellessy LLC

Michelle Hirons, CEO, HigherRing, Inc.

Andrea Coravos, CEO, HumanFirst

Slava Rubin, Managing Partner, Humbition

Ian Schafer, Co-Founder & CEO, Improbable Media

Becky Center, CEO, Indiegogo

Beth Monaghan, Founder & CEO, Inkhouse

Nick Footer, CEO, Intuitive Digital

Aakash Sastry, CEO, Itsme

Gary Lourie, CEO & CFO, Jonathan Simkhai Inc

Kristin Savilia, CEO, JOOR

Kenneth Nicholson, Creative Director, Kenneth Nicholson

Jason Kang, CEO, Kinnos

Gabrielle Zucker, CEO; Aaron Kwittken, Founder & Chairman, KWT Global

Steven Lagos, Chairman & CEO, LAGOS

Sarah Adelson, CEO, LAPOINTE

Donna L. LaVoie, CEO, LaVoieHealthScience

Eva Bianchi Jean, CEO, lemlem

Lisa Marie Fernandez, Owner & Founder, LISA MARIE FERNANDEZ

Lizzie Fortunato, Founder & Creative Director, Lizzie Fortunato Jewels

Michelle Smith & Stacey Griffith, Co-Founders & Co-CEOs, Love & Sports

Scott Almquist, CEO, Lucidity Lights, Inc.

Ben Herman, Founder & CEO, Mad Fish Digital

Brian Berrios, Haed, Mailbox & Sign Solutions

Maiya Holliday, CEO & Founder, Mangrove Web

David H. Ackert, Founder & CEO, Maple Craft Foods, LLC

Akshay Venkitasbramanian, CEO, Mental Health Solutions Inc

Aaron Block, Managing Partner, MetaProp

Michelle Smith, Founder & CEO, Michelle Smith

Michael W. Kempner, CEO, MikeWorldWide

Mimi So, CEO, Mimi So

Carrie Fox, CEO, Mission Partners

Jamie McLaughlin, CEO, Monday Talent

Andrew Fisher, CEO, Myriad360

Prerna Gupta, CEO, Mysterious

Jennifer Piette, Founder & CEO, Narrative Food

Dan Parham, CEO, Neighborland

Michael Prindiville, CEO, New Meta Entertainment, Inc.

Tiffany Kirk, Owner & CEO, Northeast Fasteners Co., Inc.

David Taus, Founder, North Fork Media LLC

Drew Saunders, General Manager, Oberalp North America

Steven Rosenblatt, Co-Founder & General Partner, Oceans

Hanneke Willenborg, CEO, OLLY


Brian Heifferon, Co-Founder, Outbound Collective

Jess Fiaschetti, President, OutsidePR

Doug Aley, CEO, Paravision

Paul Morelli, President, Paul Morelli Design Inc

Jordan Stolper, CEO, Peterson's

Jeffrey Lurie, Chairman & CEO, Philadelphia Eagles

Sam Pollaro, Co-CEO, PicassoMD

Erik Olson, Founder, Portland Design Works

Andrew & Briana Volk, Co-Owners, Portland Hunt + Alpine Club

Rajat Suri, Founder & CEO, Presto

Christopher Gavigan, Founder & Co-CEO, PRIMA

Kay Hong, CEO, Proenza Schouler

Lorraine Schuchart, Founder & CEO, Prosper for Purpose LLC

Jayant Kulkarni, CEO, Quartzy

Rachel Zoe, CEO, Rachel Zoe Inc

Heather B. Sanborn, Co-Owner, Rising Tide Brewing Company

Ralph Rucci, Designer & CEO, RR 331 LLC

William C. Rudin, Co-Chairman & CEO, Rudin Management Company, Inc.

SACHIN AHLUWALIA, CEO & Founder, Sachin & Babi

Andrea Volpe, CFO & COO, Selima Optique

Dawn Sword, Founder & Creative Director, Serendipity Creative LLC

Alison Whritenour, CEO, Seventh Generation

Dilip Rao, CEO & Co-Founder, Sharebite

Matt Cooper, CEO, Skillshare

Joshua Guttman, CEO, Small Door Inc

Mallory Blair, CEO & Co-Founder, Small Girls PR

Neil Capel, CEO, Solve

Shripriya Mahesh, Founding Partner, Spero Ventures

Jared Shusterman, CEO, SproutLoud Media Networks, LLC

Ron Conway, Founder, SV Angel

Micah Green, President & CEO, TAILOS

Kyle Arteaga, CEO, The Bulleit Group

Luke Mehall, Publisher, The Climbing Zine

Kelly Chmielewski, Founder, The Possibility Shop

Lisa Rodriguez, CEO, The Seismic Collaborative

Heidi Zak, Co-Founder & CEO, ThirdLove

Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive

Gordon Seabury, CEO, Toad&Co

Magnus Wedhammar, CEO, TOMS Shoes

Dan Guido, CEO, Trail of Bits

Steve Mostofsky, President & CEO, TTI Global Resources

Jeff Chen, CEO, TurboLayer

Eddie Tuvin, CEO, Tuvin & Tuvin, LTD. 

Meghan Jewitt, CEO, Uniform Teeth

Yat-Pang Au, Founder & CEO, Veritas Investments

Mackinnon Engen, Executive Director, Watsi

Liz Wessel, Co-Founder, WayUp

Neil Waller, Co-Founder, Whalar

Shay DiCocco, CEO, Wildgood

Willy Chavarria, President, WILLY CHAVARRIA

Geoff Ralston, President, Y Combinator

Andrew Chae, Founder, Yin Yang Naturals

Greg Gonzalez & Joe Cloyes, Co-Founders, Youth To The People

Shan-Lyn Ma, Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Zola


Unknown said...

I did a random sampling of these companies most of which are headquartered in CA. They range from an agnostic organization which doesn't operate in the US to a company with a problematic service of helping students cheat on exams to a company that designs mobile banking aps known to close customer accounts without notice and refusing to return their deposits. Some didn't come up on a Google search. Draw your own conclusions about this list of companies. How qualified are they to speak about what the American people think on any subject?

mervbagley said...

Thanks for the info