Feb 11, 2013
Washington, DC – As part of a grassroots effort leading up to the President’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will today deliver copies of petitions to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, with almost 35,000 signatures which were collected in just 48 hours last week.
“We want to send the message to Congress that there is overwhelming support throughout the country for the President’s comprehensive package of proposals to end the epidemic of gun violence,” said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign. “We hope and expect President Obama to again affirm his support for swift action in his State of the Union speech. His leadership has been inspiring and we hope the Congress heeds the call of these 35,000 Americans who signed our petition in just 48 hours.”
The petition is in response to the testimony of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, who in his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee recently, asserted that the NRA leadership opposes universal background checks.
The petition states, “A failure? Since passage of the Brady Law, over 1.9 million criminals and other prohibited people have been stopped from purchasing firearms from gun shops. We call that progress!”
The petitions are being delivered by Brady Campaign member and Virginia Tech shooting survivor Colin Goddard.
The Brady Campaign is the nation's largest citizens' lobby to prevent gun violence. We represent the voice of the overwhelming majority of Americans who are tired of living with the constant tragedy of gun violence and are in favor of strong laws and policies that will save lives. We are the light that exposes politicians who are putting the American people at risk, empowering the American people to hold them accountable for decisions and actions that undermine public safety.
We are driven by the focused vision of a nation where all Americans are safe at home, at work, at school, and in our communities.
Dan Gross is the President of the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. A photo and more information about Dan Gross is available here.