NM and Detroit Shootings Demonstrate Significant Cause of Gun Violence in America—Kids' Access to Guns | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

NM and Detroit Shootings Demonstrate Significant Cause of Gun Violence in America—Kids' Access to Guns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE • January 17, 2014 • Contact: media [at] bradynetwork [dot] org

The following statement was released today by Dan Gross, President of the Brady Center/Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:

“Two terrible tragedies happened this week which on the surface may seem to have little in common, but they both point to a big and too-often-untold part of the story of gun violence in America -- kids’ access to guns in the home.

While we don't know all the details about these tragedies yet, we do know that both guns came from the home, and that kids’ access to guns in the home lead to thousands of shootings in our nation every year, many of which could be prevented if parents had act more responsibly. So as we talk about important policy solutions we also have to address the responsibility parents must take to consider the risks of bringing guns into the home and leaving them accessible to children. This presents a huge opportunity to save many lives. That's why our public health education campaigns - like ‘ASK’ and ‘Suicide Proof Your Home’ - represent some of the most important work we at Brady do.”

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Dan Gross is the President of the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

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