- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bradley Cooper, Will Ferrell and dozens of other Hollywood elites have signed a letter thanking President Obama for taking executive action on gun control.

“Thank you for having the courage and leadership to take Executive Action on preventing more unnecessary gun violence in this country,” the letter stated, promoting the social media hashtag #Enough. “Countless lives will be saved as a result. Like you, and like most Americans, we have had ENOUGH. We have had enough of seeing unthinkable tragedies happen and nothing being done.”

Other celebrities on the list included Jessica Alba, Judd Apatow, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Bateman, Tony Bennett, Steve Buscemi, Richard Jenkins, Rashida Jones, Michael Keaton, Tobey Maquire, Julianne Moore, Olivia Munn, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo and Kristen Wiig.

“No one is challenging the right of law abiding citizens to responsibly own a firearm,” the letter to the president said. “But like you, we believe that guns should be kept away from criminals, terrorists, domestic abusers, the dangerously mentally ill, and children.

“Thank you for protecting our rights. The right to be safe. The right not to be afraid when you go into a public place. The right not to have a generation of scared kids raised on lockdown drills on what to do if a shooter enters their school. The right of our government to do what the overwhelming majority of people want,” the letter to the president continued. “We love this country. And one key reason we love it is that it was built on the principle that its people could change it. Thank you for doing so. We hope Members of Congress who have failed to act on the gun violence epidemic will support the will of most Americans and will take similar action to correct what has been a shameful period in our nation’s history. We deserve better than this. Thank you for beginning to end this national disgrace and show your fellow citizens and the rest of the world that the United States of America does indeed stand for the principles on which it was founded.”

The letter, dated Jan. 8, follows an emotional plea by Mr. Obama announcing executive orders that would expand background checks on gun sales.

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