YouTube shooting prompts tech CEOs to call for gun control

Several Silicon Valley leaders called for increased gun control on Tuesday afternoon after a woman at the headquarters ofYouTubeshot and wounded three people before taking her own life.

Tech companies have largely avoided the topic of gun control in the United States, but they have previously pushed for progressive stances on other hot-topic issues, ranging from climate change to same-sex marriage and comprehensive immigration reform. At least three major chief executives took up gun control after the shooting.

“We can’t keep being reactive to this, thinking and praying it won’t happen again at our schools, jobs, or our community spots,” tweeted Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey. “It’s beyond time to evolve our policies.”

Joining Dorsey were Uber Technologies CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Box CEO Aaron Levie, who respectively sent tweets on Tuesday saying #EndGunViolence and #NeverAgain, two Twitter hashtags commonly used by proponents of gun control.

“On behalf of the team at @Uber, sending support to everyone @YouTubeand @Google, and gratitude to the heroic first responders,” Khosrowshahi tweeted. “Another tragedy that should push us again to #EndGunViolence”

Emergency calls reporting gunfire in San Bruno, California, at the headquarters of Alphabet'sYouTubebegan to pour in early Tuesday afternoon, according to the city of San Bruno. Authorities have not released the identities of the suspected shooter or the victims.

The tweets on Thursday could be an indication that Silicon Valley may soon weigh in on the epidemic of mass killings by firearms in the United States.

“Incredibly sad to see theYouTubeshooting today,” Levie tweeted. “Our thoughts are with our Google friends and their families. #NeverAgain”

Sundar Pichai and Susan Wojcicki, the CEOs of Google andYouTuberespectively, also issued statements on Tuesday while avoiding the topic of gun control.

"There are no words to describe how horrible it was to have an active shooter @YouTubetoday," Wojcicki said. "Our deepest gratitude to law enforcement first responders for their rapid response. Our hearts go out to all those injured impacted today. We will come together to heal as a family."

Other tech leaders expressed sympathy for the employees ofYouTubeon social media on Tuesday without referencing gun control. Those included Apple CEO Tim Cook, CEO Jeff Bezos, CEO Marc Benioff and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

“From everyone at Apple, we send our sympathy and support to the team atYouTubeand Google, especially the victims and their families,” Cook said in a tweet.

Reporting by Salvador Rodriguez, editing by Peter Henderson and Lisa Shumaker.

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