Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: August 4, 2016
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
BRADY CAMPAIGN REMEMBERS JIM BRADY AS SHOOTER'S RELEASE NEARS
WASHINGTON - Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement on the second anniversary of Jim Brady's passing. Brady, President Reagan, and two law enforcement officers were shot in 1981 by a man who had no business owning a gun. Sustaining lifelong injuries, Jim passed away from his wounds two years ago today on August 4, 2014. "Everything this movement has become and everything it's achieved can be traced back to Jim and Sarah Brady's relentless work in the halls of Capitol Hill. They held politicians accountable with inspiring tenacity that paid off when President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Bill into law in 1993. Anyone who knew Jim will tell you he made the world a brighter place. But he also made it a safer one too. Even today, 343 dangerous people are blocked from buying a gun every day because of the law that bears Jim's name.
"The world has changed since that historic day, and it's our responsibility now to keep pace. In Jim's day, gun shows weren't big business and the internet hadn't taken off yet. Nowadays anyone can, with the click of a mouse or trip to the local gun show, buy a gun without a background check.
"Two years ago today, Jim died from his gunshot wounds. As early as tomorrow, the man who shot him and President Reagan is expected to be released. He'll enter a society, and a state, where no matter who you are or what you've done, you can buy a gun without a background check. He will be able to buy another gun without a background check. We can do better than that.
"Jim and Sarah wanted us to finish the job they started. And true to the Bradys' form, we're going to do it by relentlessly holding politicians accountable. At the ballot box, in the press, on Capitol Hill. From coast to coast, the American people have had enough and are with us all the way to the finish line."
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.