“The Brady Campaign’s goal is to cut gun deaths in half by 2025. While there are other good bills that have been introduced in Congress, H.R. 3411 stands out as the strongest,” said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
"While there are still a lot of questions to be answered about this tragedy - the fact remains that 89 people die every day from gun violence - often at the hands of people who have no legal business owning firearms in the first place."
This week a coalition of Mainers submitted an application to the Secretary of State’s office calling for a citizen initiative that would expand Brady background checks to all gun sales. These laws keep guns out of dangerous hands including felons, domestic abusers and fugitives.
"The homicide numbers in Washington, DC, are staggering. But let’s remember that these aren’t just numbers, these are people — mothers, fathers, sons and daughters — who had futures ahead of them.
Asked by Brady Campaign President Dan Gross about the need to expand Brady background checks, Right Rev. John Richard Bryant called on frustrated Americans to speak up and take action. “When we get enough of the violence,” said Bryant, “And when good people stop remaining silent, I am hopeful that the change will come.”
This tragedy could have been prevented if policymakers in Washington stopped kowtowing to the gun lobby and started caring more about protecting the lives of the people who elected them. People are literally dying every day as a result of Congress’ inaction.
"What makes this story particularly heartbreaking is the fact that six children were among the eight people murdered. We join the Houston community in mourning this tragedy and our sincerest thoughts are with the victims and their families."
“From the victims of gun violence down to the gun lobby, every person in America has a vested interest in how the candidates answer this question,” Brady President Dan Gross said. “Not asking this question would be a tremendous failure by the moderators whose job it is to get answers that inform voters as they decide who will be our nation’s next leader.”
“For the families who lost loved ones in the Aurora shooting, there’s no outcome that will truly take away their pain. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with them.
U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), and Phoenix gun dealer Chris Kitaeff joined Brady Campaign President Dan Gross in calling on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to take immediate action against “bad apple” gun dealers – the 5% of gun dealers who sell 90% of crime guns in the United States.