"Our thoughts are with the community and the families of those who have been injured, including four police officers, as America once again faces the reality of too many guns in the hands of people intent on doing harm. In light of the circumstances, the gunman's motivation will be the first question people will ask. Equally important, however, is how the shooter got the gun or guns used and what we can do in the future to keep guns out of the hands of people we all agree should not have them."
“The Brady Bill proved – PROVED – that we could do something in this country to make our communities and neighborhoods safer without in any way abridging rights or threatening a legitimate part of the American heritage. The Brady Bill was step one…but it was always incomplete. We need to close the loopholes that still remain in the background check system and finish the job that Jim and Sarah Brady started so many years ago. If we could do it then, we can do it now...We are going to bring the universal background check bill to the floor of the senate, early next year, and with your help we’re going to win!"
The mayors of America’s three largest cities – New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago - have joined the Brady Campaign in calling on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to take action against ‘bad apple’ gun dealers – the small number of gun dealers that sell virtually all crime guns in our nation.
“When the cause of death is the same for 32,000 people every year, that’s a public health crisis that demands attention. That’s why it is so important that the Centers for Disease Control study gun violence causes, effects and solutions..."
“The candidates and audience agreed: the moderators focused more time on divisive questions than addressing the one issue that 93 percent of Americans agree on: stopping gun violence. I
“We’ve got the green light, now it’s time to move!” Brady Campaign President Dan Gross said after Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlop cleared the way for Mainers to begin collecting signatures for a citizen initiative to expand Brady background checks to all gun sales. “Mainers are excited about this opportunity to make their state safer and the Brady Campaign is all in to help them win,” Gross added. Brady’s grassroots activists are already lined up to help collect the 61,123 signatures needed by January to get the initiative on the ballot.
In a landmark decision, a Milwaukee jury yesterday found Badger Guns responsible for the illegal sale of a gun that was used to seriously injure two police officers. Lawyers from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence brought the case in 2010.
Citing gun violence as one of the toughest challenges facing our nation, CNN devoted the first issue question of Tuesday night’s debate to the topic of gun violence prevention. During a nine-minute exchange candidates discussed their vision for stopping the 89 gun deaths that occur in our country every day.
“Each of you on stage has vowed to take action to stop gun violence. Some of you have suggested that a good place to start is eliminating a law that gives gun dealers and manufacturers legal immunity that no other industry has, even in cases where gun dealers negligently supply criminals with firearms. It’s called the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Chafee voted against it in the Senate, Senator Sanders voted for it. Please explain why each of you voted the way you did.”
We applaud House Democrats for doing today what Senate Democrats should have done this morning - taking action. They knew the odds going in but went for a vote anyway because actions speak louder than the Senate’s words. We commend this effort, led by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), and hope it is only the first step on the path to pass sensible gun reform.