Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
June 3, 2013
Contact: Media [at] BradyNetwork [dot] org
Washington, DC—The following is a statement by Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, on the death of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg:
“Our nation has lost a true leader today and all of us who work to prevent gun violence lost a hero and a very dear friend. When my brother was shot in 1997, Senator Lautenberg visited him in the hospital, and kept in touch with our family over the years, checking in to see how he was recovering. One of the last times we saw the Senator was after this year’s State of the Union address which my brother had the honor of attending as the Senator’s personal guest. It was a night we will always cherish. Ending gun violence wasn’t just an issue Frank Lautenberg fought for in Washington. It was personal. That passion for saving lives and helping families will be sorely missed in Congress.
Year after year, Senator Lautenberg never wavered in his efforts to protect our communities from guns, introducing and reintroducing numerous bills to ban high capacity ammunition magazines and expand background checks. It is because of his tireless efforts that convicted domestic abusers are prohibited from buying a firearm, saving countless lives every year. He also led the way to secure funding for public awareness campaigns to educate parents on protecting children from gun violence.
Senator Lautenberg’s last inspiring act of patriotism was his appearance on the Senate floor on April 17th to cast a vote in favor of expanding background checks. While he was clearly struggling, he made sure he did not miss this critical vote, illustrating his truly lifelong commitment to the cause of gun violence prevention. His courage and determination was an inspiration to all of us at the Brady Campaign, and the memory of his strength on that day will not be forgotten as we carry on with our work.
Our condolences go out to his wife, Bonnie, and his entire family at this very difficult time.”
The mission of the Brady organization is to create a safer America for all of us that will lead to the dramatic reduction in gun deaths and injuries that we all seek.