Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
Phone: 724-612-3453


U.S. gun deaths reached 20-year high in 2015

WASHINGTON - Brady Campaign president Dan Gross issued the following statement calling on President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions, to respond to the tragedy in Fort Lauderdale with a plan to reduce gun violence. Sessions' nomination hearings before the Senate begins next Tuesday.

"As the nominee to be the nation's top law enforcement official, Senator Jeff Sessions owes the American people a concrete plan to reduce gun violence. Gun deaths reached a 20-year high in 2015, because dangerous people can still buy guns without questions asked and with no Brady background check. If the Trump administration and its top law enforcement officials truly want to reduce gun violence, they will take the action the American people have demanded to expand background checks to all gun sales.

"In the Senate, Jeff Sessions has consistently stood in the way of life-saving reform, siding time and again with corporate gun industry lobbyists who thrive on the fear born from tragedies like the one yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale. We can't afford more of the same.

"Today we're on a path to become a country where none of us feels safe. And come January 20th, Americans could, for better or worse, be looking to Jeff Sessions to calm those fears and keep them safe. They deserve to know whether 93 gun deaths each and every day is a status-quo their next attorney general is willing to accept, or if he has a plan to keep guns out of dangerous hands and protect all Americans.

"Contrary to Senator Sessions' record in Congress and on Twitter, thoughts and prayers aren't enough to stop the violence. Americans demand action. What will he do to reduce gun violence in America? If he chooses to do nothing and turn a blind eye, he'll be just as complicit in tragedy as the gun industry leaders who profit from it."

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.