‘People’ publishes Congress members’ info in gun violence call-to-action


People, a publication well known for its celebrity exclusives and pop-culture coverage, conveyed a serious and striking message in Wednesday’s edition.

Exactly one week after a gunman killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., People published the phone numbers, email addresses and Twitter handles of all 535 members in what it deemed a “call to action on gun violence.”

The information, which is also publicly available and was collected for the magazine by the Sunlight Foundation’s OpenCongress project, took up two pages of the print edition and was also aggregated online. People has a print circulation of 3.5 million.

In the edition’s editor’s note, People editorial director Jess Cagle urged readers to “contact their elected representatives to make their voices heard”:

“So far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 10,006 gun-related deaths in the United States, and the CDC says firearm injuries and deaths are ‘a significant public health problem.’ … I think about mass shootings when I’m on a train, and when the lights go down in a movie theater, and when I see children in a classroom.”

Cable continued: “We need to know that our representatives in Washington, D.C., are looking for solutions and not giving up, and they need to know if we agree or disagree with their strategies.”


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