Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: August 12, 2015
Contact: Chris Henderson, chenderson [at] bradymail [dot] org
AME BISHOP AND BRADY PRESIDENT ISSUE CALL TO ACTION TO END GUN VIOLENCE
Expanding Brady Background Checks and Keeping Guns Out Of The Hands Of Dangerous People Will Save Lives
WASHINGTON – 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.”
The exchange took place during a luncheon at the National Press Club where Bryant spoke about race relations and gun violence in America.
"Rev. Bryant was spot on,” Gross said. “Every day 89 people die from gun violence in America. We can dramatically reduce that number simply by keeping guns out of the wrong hands – convicted felons, domestic abusers, people like Dylann Roof. That’s why we passed lifesaving Brady background checks, which have blocked more than 2.4 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers since 1994. Yet the news is flooded with stories about people who skirt the law by purchasing guns from bad apple gun dealers or through gun shows and online vendors, where background checks are not required by law. The tragedies in Charleston and Houston serve as two recent, high profile examples of why Congress needs to act now to finish the job by passing H.R. 1217 and expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales. By taking action, Congress can save lives. Until they do, they will continue to have the blood of innocent victims on their hands.”
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