Reports that the Congressional "omnibus" bill to fund the federal government through September includes the "Fix NICS" bill and a bill on school safety, but very few provisions or dollars to fight gun violence. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released the following statement.
This morning, yet another school was terrorized by a shooter, with reports of multiple injuries on the scene. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence expressed sorrow and anger at the shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland, while calling for real, substantial change to ensure this sort of tragedy does not happen again.
The parents of 13-year old J.R. Gustafson brought suit today against Springfield Arms and Saloom Department Store. J.R. was killed on March 20, 2016 in an unintentional shooting by a boy who thought the gun was unloaded after the gun's magazine had been removed.
Sandra Mata, the wife of Rudy Mata, who was killed on September 25, 2012, has resolved her lawsuit against Pioneer Pawn Shop, and its owners, Robert and Pamela Furr. Mr. Mata was tragically killed by his son-in-law using a Glock handgun that he had pawned and retrieved from Pioneer Pawn earlier on the day of the shooting.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence yesterday filed an amicus brief with the Michigan Supreme Court defending local school districts' right to ban guns in their schools. The case involves a challenge to Ann Arbor Public Schools' ban, and focuses on whether Michigan's state-wide firearms law preempts a local school district from regulating guns on school property and at school events.
This morning, thousands of students nationwide stood together against gun violence and Congressional inaction as part of the National School Walkout. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence hailed the students who took part in more than 2,500 walkouts across the country exactly one month after the tragic shooting in Parkland, FL.
Americans expecting real leadership to prevent gun violence will be disappointed and troubled by President Trump's dangerous retreat from his promise to break the Washington gridlock around gun violence and to stand up to the NRA. President Trump has offered only drips of water in response to a five-alarm fire. His weak response today ignores the will of Americans from across the political spectrum who support the Brady Center's 3-point plan — including many of the eloquent voices of Parkland students who endured what no young people should ever have to endure.
Like other gun violence prevention organizations, we focus on policy advocacy at the state and federal levels. But we've also found important ways to drive gun violence prevention forward in an environment that’s not always conducive to legislative progress.