Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: September 6, 2016
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
4,500 AMERICANS HAVE BEEN SHOT AND KILLED SINCE CONGRESS WAS LAST IN SESSION
Brady Campaign hands out thousands of "While you were out..." memos on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON - As Congress returns from more than fifty days of summer vacation, the Brady Campaign will be waiting to remind politicians of the 4,500 Americans shot and killed in their absence. During morning and lunchtime rush hours, Brady supporters are handing out thousands of "While you were out..." memos, emblazoned with the body count Congress left in the wake of its inaction this summer. Activists will also plaster offices of the corporate gun lobby's most loyal lap dogs with personalized memos containing the name of a constituent killed by gun violence during the August recess.
Congress hightailed it out of Washington more than seven weeks ago to the sound of their office phones ringing off the hook. They'll be welcomed back to that same sound today as Brady activates its nationwide network of supporters to once again flood Senate switchboards.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign, said, "Congress is in for a rude awakening today if they thought seven weeks of vacation would wipe the slate clean. While Congress enjoyed nearly two months of sun and fun, the American people paid the ultimate price for Congress' inaction, with 4,500 shot and killed during August recess alone. Now that they're finally back at work, gun violence must be a priority for Congress.
"This is not just some talking point. These lives were abruptly and violently cut short by guns while politicians did nothing. A twelve-year old was accidentally killed by another child in a South Carolina home. Two Muslim community leaders in New York were gunned down in broad daylight. And in Chicago, an innocent mother of four was caught in the crossfire of two men who should never have been allowed to get their hands on guns in the first place. Stories like these played out again and again and again, thousands of times over. Continued inaction on this issue cannot be justified.
Today's action wraps up a summer of nationwide protests by the Brady Campaign, keeping pressure on members of Congress even while they campaigned and wooed donors in their districts. Disappointing poll numbers for some incumbents, like Senator Ayotte, suggest voters have simply had #ENOUGH of the inaction and are voicing that frustration at the ballot box.
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.