CEOs are encouraging senators to pass stricter gun regulations, such as background checks and a “Red Flag” law that allows guns to be taken from someone who poses a threat. The leaders of 145 companies sent a letter asking for the following:
“That’s why we urge the Senate to stand with the American public and take action on gun safety by passing a bill to require background checks on all gun sales and a strong Red Flag law that would allow courts to issue life-saving extreme risk protection orders.”
The Trump Administration has implemented a ban on bump stock devices, which allows a shooter to fire in more rapid succession, and President Trump has supported more thorough background checks for gun buyers.
What’s your view of CEOs taking on this activist role? What is driving them, and what are the potential risks?
What observations do you have about the companies that are represented—and perhaps about those that are not?
Analyze the letter by considering the audience, communication objectives, organization, writing style, and so on. What works well, and what could be improved?