"These kids are articulating so forcefully and passionately the need for change, and it has sparked something well beyond just Marjory Stoneman Douglas," says Kristin Brown, copresident of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
"Why would anyone want to help finance assault weapons that are regularly used in mass shootings? The gun violence epidemic in this country is a uniquely American problem and it’s encouraging to see America’s corporate giants take a leading role in this fight." said Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign
Kris Brown has never seen the energy and support behind gun control reach this level. Students are staging walk outs. Businesses are limiting gun sales. And politicians are voicing support for legislation that, a month ago, seemed unimaginable.
According to the Brady Campaign, 42 percent of mass shooters exhibited warning signs before committing their crimes. Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old responsible for the Stoneman Douglas shooting, was on law enforcement’s radar and the FBI had been alerted about his behavior.
Under Obama, the ATF had drafted a rule that would require gun dealers to make secure gun storage or safety devices available anywhere that firearms are sold to unlicensed individuals. "That is something that could really save a lot of lives," said Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
"In all of these strings of mass shootings ... there's one common theme and that's the use of an assault weapon. Take that away, and we will see a drastic reduction." Kris Brown, the co-president of the Brady Campaign
"There could be instances of real confusion that would lead to tragedy if we had more guns in more classrooms," said Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "What about the time the teacher accidentally leaves the gun unlocked in the desk drawer, and it's picked up by a student?"
After 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last week, there are glimmers of hope for proponents of gun control as President Trump and a few Republicans in Congress have signaled support for limited reforms.
"If having more guns in more places where more people go more days of the year actually kept people safer, then America would have the lowest rate of gun violence of any developed country in the world and the exact opposite is true." said Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
"People who are affected in a personal way become lifelong dedicated volunteers to this," said Robert Bowers Disney, the vice president for organizing at the Brady Campaign. "It just fundamentally changes people's lives and experiences."