Julianne Moore has become an outspoke advocate for gun control measures, and in a new essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter, the actress explains how the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut helped shape her view on the issue.
On Dec. 14, 2012, my 10-year-old daughter was with me on a movie set in Queens. She had just started her winter break, and because I’m privileged and lucky enough to have a job that’s rewarding and adaptive to my family life, it wasn’t out of the ordinary for me to bring her to work with me,” Moore wrote. “What was out of the ordinary was what happened that day at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A young man walked into an elementary school and shot 20 children and six adults in just minutes.”
Moore wrote that she kept the murders from her daughter until they arrived home, when the youngster asked if “a bunch of little kids” got shot.
“At that moment, it felt ridiculous to me, and irresponsible as a parent and as a citizen, that I was not doing something to prevent gun violence,” Moore wrote. “Simply keeping the news away from my child was putting my head in the sand. I wasn’t helping her, or anyone else, by doing that. So I decided to learn more.”
Moore has since joined up with Everytown for Gun Safety, America’s largest gun violence prevention organization, in an effort to educate citizens on gun safety.
“Where guns are concerned, it is not a good-guy-versus-bad-guy argument. It should not be a partisan argument. It should not be a pro-gun-versus-anti-gun argument. It is not an argument about our Constitution,” Moore wrote on Tuesday. “The Second Amendment protects the right of a United States citizen to bear arms. But a gun is a machine. And if you choose to bear arms, you have a responsibility to bear them safely.”
As the Oscar-winning actress noted, “the vast majority of the American people, including gun owners,” support many “common-sense gun-safety measures,” including background checks.
She ended the essay with a call to action for readers to help affect change. “We need you to continue to turn the tide on gun violence. And I know that we can do it together,” she wrote. “I don’t ever want to have to explain another Newtown to my kids, and neither should you.”
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