Silicon Valley Leaders Push Gun Control in Full-Page New York Times Ad


A full-page ad for the Demand a Plan initiative pushing gun control that appeared in the New York Times this morning featured signatures from a who’s-who list of tech luminaries and others.

Demand a Plan stems from Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The campaign is hosting an online petition, which boasts 750,000 signatures. Supporters are also have a Facebook page. Twitter users can add a “Demand a Plan” banner to their profile pictures.

The petition supports a ban on assault weapons, mandatory background checks for gun purchases in all states and stricter regulation of interstate sales of guns.

Tech signatories to the ad in the New York Times included Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Yahoo shareholder rights advocate turned board member Daniel Loeb, Ron Conway, who also campaigned for local San Francisco measures as the head of the tech industry group sf.citii, Twitter founder Ev Williams, Foursquare CEO Denis Crowley, Craig Newmark of Craigslist fame, several partners from Union Square Ventures, Findery CEO Catarina Fake, Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue, Ben Horowitz and Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz and Randi Zuckerberg, Zuck’s sister and the creator of Start-ups Silicon Valley reality show.

A few other household names appeared on the petition as well: Martha Stewart, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, MC Hammer and Lady Gaga.

The ad appears below.

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