Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: June 17, 2016
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
33,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM GUN VIOLENCE SINCE CHARLESTON
Every day in America, 90 people die from gun violence
WASHINGTON - One year ago today, a young man who could not pass a Brady background check was able to take advantage of a legal loophole, purchase a handgun, and, with hate in his heart, kill nine of Charleston's best as they worshipped in Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The Brady Campaign estimates that 33,000 Americans have lost their lives to gun violence since.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement: "One year ago today, this country was rocked by the news out of Charleston, South Carolina that nine worshipers were killed within the walls of their church. It was a place many of them went not only to seek spiritual refuge and guidance, but to offer it.
"As was true in Orlando last weekend, hate was armed that day. A lax law allowed a young man, filled with hate and intent on violence, to get his hands on a gun. But we can disarm hate by rejecting it from our communities and starving those intent on violence of the weapons they seek to acquire. The victims of Umpqua, San Bernardino, Kalamazoo, Heston, Orlando, and all of the 33,000 Americans who have lost their lives to a gun in the year since Charleston are each a reminder of the mandate our elected leaders have to protect innocent life. Next Monday, every single member of the United States Senate will have an opportunity to tell the American people whether they want to disarm hate, or enable the violence it breeds. We'll be watching.
"Then and now, we mourn the loss of those nine beautiful souls and the hole they left in the fabric of their community. Then and now, we are Charleston."
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother’s Day 2000.