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Julianne Moore on gun violence: I can’t bear it any more

Julianne Moore has gained a great sense of empathy as an actress.

Oscar winner Julianne Moore wants to close the “loopholes” that allow dangerous individuals to have guns in the United States.

The 54 year old launched a campaign for gun safety last week (ends16Oct15) in conjunction with officials at the Everytown organisation. As a mother-of-two, Julianne is desperate to stop school shootings that have claimed the lives of other parents' children at the likes of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December, 2014.

“I can’t bear it anymore,” she confessed to Modern Luxury Miami magazine. “I don’t want my children, or anybody’s children, to be in danger when they go to a movie theatre or to school. I want to close the loopholes that are allowing dangerous individuals to buy guns.”

Julianne’s Everytown Creative Council has received the backing of fellow celebrities including Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Lawrence and Reese Witherspoon. The Still Alice star was overwhelmed by their support but thinks there’s a good reason why actors are so keen to get behind important campaigns like this.

“What you gain, hopefully, as an actor all the time is a sense of empathy,” she explained. “You’re trying to put yourself in someone’s shoes and really see what it feels like.”

Julianne will soon be busy promoting her upcoming movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 but insists she will still find time to give back. The star is impressed by the work that Everytown is already carrying out and wants to do her bit to expand it.

“They have mobile health care units that bring healthcare right to communities that need it most,” she added.

Julianne is hoping that by using her star power she will encourage more people to be open about the topic, which has been a contentious issue in America for some time. She believes people need to talk about it with their peers and speak to those in power if they want laws to change.

"I know people who own guns who have a gun safe because they have children in their house," she previously told People. "These are responsible people. By talking about it, we can admit it's a problem and we can admit that we want to work together to solve it."

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