Brady's Solutions

A key part of reducing gun violence includes changing how we think about the guns in our communities and in our homes. There are over 300 million guns in America. Most are owned by law-abiding citizens without harmful or dangerous intent, yet they result in more than two-thirds of all gun deaths. Too often these tragedies occur because guns are purchased or owned without giving proper weight to the risks of bringing guns into the home and unsafe access to those guns.

We inspire safer choices through public awareness and education campaigns that encourage us to consider gun safety as part of what it means to be a responsible parent, spouse or friend. Brady’s “ASK” and “Suicide-Proof Your Home” campaigns are evidence that we can and are having a significant impact on these preventable gun deaths and injuries.

The Brady Campaign supports a policy platform that addresses the problem of gun violence and is driven by the opportunity to save the most lives. Every death is a tragedy, whether in a mass shooting that horrifies our entire nation, or one of the 32 gun murders or 90 gun deaths in our communities and homes every day. We applaud the Obama Administration, members of Congress, and others at the federal and state level who are leading a policy conversation based on our common goals and values, avoiding the usual, divisive political debate. Policies such as “universal background checks” on all gun sales would keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers, the dangerously mentally ill and other illegal purchasers without impacting anyone else’s Second Amendment right to own guns. Background checks are supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans, including gun owners, and they make us all safer.

The Brady Campaign supports a policy platform that addresses the problem of gun violence and is driven by the opportunity to save the most lives. Every death is a tragedy, whether in a mass shooting that horrifies our entire nation, or one of the 32 gun murders or 90 gun deaths in our communities and homes every day. We applaud the Obama Administration, members of Congress, and others at the federal and state level who are leading a policy conversation based on our common goals and values, avoiding the usual, divisive political debate. Policies such as “universal background checks” on all gun sales would keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers, the dangerously mentally ill and other illegal purchasers without impacting anyone else’s Second Amendment right to own guns. Background checks are supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans, including gun owners, and they make us all safer.

The decisions by bad actors in the gun industry to engage in reckless and dangerous practices is one of the primary drivers of gun violence in America. Litigation led by the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project has revealed that the industry knows that their sales practices put guns in the hands of gang members, domestic abusers, and other dangerous people. Gun manufacturers know that roughly five percent of gun dealers (the “bad apples” supply 90% of guns used in crime, many through sales to straw purchasers and traffickers – but manufacturers and dealers choose to profit off the criminal market rather than take responsible actions to protect public safety. Instead, they’ve successfully lobbied Congress to provide them with broad immunity from civil liability, and prohibit the release of crime gun trace data that would expose “bad apple” gun dealers and the manufacturers and distributors that supply them.

Brady is leading the fight to change the gun industry and force it to reform by holding gun companies accountable to victims in the courts, and staging protests to challenge “bad apple” gun dealers at their doorsteps. Learn more about the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project and the campaign to Stop Bad Apple Gun Dealers.