Florida doctors represented by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Ropes & Gray law firm will appeal a 2-1 decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled forbidding doctors from talking to their patients about guns was constitutional. Read more in our press release.
Jim Brady turned tragedy into action when he dedicated his life to preventing the kind of senseless gun violence he survived. Jim and Sarah, his wife, were tenacious and fearless in their fight to prevent dangerous people from having easy access to guns. Thanks to Jim and Sarah's hard work, an estimated 2 million gun sales to criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people have been blocked. As a result, countless lives have been saved.
In 2009, former police officer Bruce Abramski purchased a Glock handgun for his uncle using a law enforcement discount at a Virginia gun dealer. When authorities learned of the transaction, they charged Abramski with straw purchasing, on the grounds that he had lied on the federal firearm purchase form on a question asking whether he was the actual buyer of the gun.
Officer Thomas Wortham IV was shot and killed outside his parents’ home in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago on May 19, 2010. A group of gang members accosted him as he approached his motorcycle, demanded he turn over the vehicle, and shot and killed him when he drew his service weapon and identified himself as an officer.
Updates from Brady
Here is a statistic that surprises many people. Most gun deaths in the country, 19,990 - more than 60%, are suicides. If we want to reduce deaths caused by guns, we need to put as much focus on the preventing gun suicides as we do on gun homicides.
This film explains how Brady background checks work and the need to extend the checks to all gun purchases.