Several Silicon Valley leaders called for increased gun control on Tuesday afternoon after a woman in the headquarters of YouTube shot and wounded three people before taking her own life.Tech companies have largely avoided the subject of gun control in the United States, but they’ve previously pushed for innovative stances on other hot-topic problems, ranging from climate change to same-sex union and comprehensive immigration reform. At least three important chief executives took up gun control after the shooting.
“We can’t keep being reactive to this, believing and praying it will not occur again at our schools, tasks, or our neighborhood places,” tweeted Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey. “It is past time to evolve our policies.”
Joining Dorsey have been Uber Technologies CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Box CEO Aaron Levie, who sent tweets on Tuesday stating #EndGunViolence and #NeverAgain, two Twitter hashtags commonly used by proponents of gun control.
“Another tragedy that should push us again to #EndGunViolence”
Emergency calls coverage gunfire in San Bruno, California, at the headquarters of Alphabet Inc’s YouTube began to pour in early Tuesday afternoon, according to the town of San Bruno. Authorities haven’t released the identities of the suspected shooter or even the victims.
The tweets on Thursday could be an indication the Silicon Valley may soon weigh in on the epidemic of mass killings by guns in the United States.
“Incredibly sad to see that the YouTube shooting today,” Levie tweeted. “Our thoughts are with our Google buddies and their families. #NeverAgain”
“There are not any words to explain just how horrible it was to have an active shooter @YouTube today,” Wojcicki said. “Our deepest gratitude to law enforcement & first responders because of their quick reaction. Our hearts go out to all those hurt & affected today. We will come together to cure as a family.”
Other technology leaders voiced sympathy for the employees of YouTube on social websites on Tuesday without referencing gun control. Those included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.