Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
BRADY CAMPAIGN LETTER TO TRUMP URGES HIM TO MAINTAIN OBAMA'S GUN SAFETY EXECUTIVE ACTIONS
One year after exec actions were signed, Brady Campaign urges Trump to keep them
New CDC report: Gun deaths in the U.S. rose sharply in 2015, by 9%
Most Americans, Trump himself, support the policies outlined in the 2016 exec actions
WASHINGTON - Today, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence sent President-elect Trump a letter cautioning him not to rescind President Obama's January, 2016, executive orders on gun safety. The orders, signed a year ago tomorrow, strengthened enforcement of existing gun laws designed to prevent dangerous people from getting their hands on guns.
On the campaign trail and throughout his transition, President-elect Trump has consistently threatened many of President Barack Obama's executive orders.
The letter to Trump comes just weeks after the CDC published a new report finding U.S. gun deaths spiked by 9 percent in 2015, before the executive actions were announced last January. In 2015, 36,000 Americans were killed by gunfire.
Brady Campaign president Dan Gross said, "It's important for us to remind President-elect Trump what's at stake, and where the American people are on this. If there's one political issue where the American people stand united, it's the belief that dangerous people shouldn't be able to get their hands on guns. That's why more than 93 percent of Americans agree that no one should be allowed to buy a gun in this country without a background check.
"He should know that these executive actions are an important step towards that safer America, and they put in place many of the policies Mr. Trump himself has expressed support for, like enforcing existing law, improving background check system reporting, and keeping guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers, and fugitives in the first place.
"Mr. Trump needs to know that if he is going to cancel this order as he's threatened to, he'll be endangering innocent lives, and he'll do it at odds with more than nine in ten of the very people who elected him to the office he'll soon fill." President Obama's executive actions expanded Brady background checks by clarifying what it means to be “engaged in the business of selling guns.” The President's announcement also included new funding for government agencies to better investigate, prosecute, and enforce existing gun laws.
These actions continue to increase states' and federal agencies' accurate, comprehensive, and timely reporting to the background check system of all categories of prohibited purchasers, helping better enforce existing federal and state law.
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 ´a href="https://twitter.com/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.