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


WASHINGTON - Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement after the gunman responsible for the 2015 shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston was found guilty on all counts.

"Today, justice has been served to an evil man filled with hatred. We hope it helps bring some sense of closure and healing to the Charleston community and to those who lost loved ones to this crime. But there are some things justice cannot do. It cannot fill the empty pew. It cannot turn back time. To honor the memory of the nine lives lost at Mother Emanuel AME Church is to act—to do our part to disarm the hate that drove this man to kill.

"The nation joined Brady in saying 'We Are Charleston.' Today is a reminder of the importance of acting on those words. That means closing loopholes that allow dangerous people to get guns without passing a Brady background check—the same loophole that allowed this killer to get his hands on a gun. It means expanding background checks to every gun sale to stop the everyday tragedies that take 90 lives each day in homes and on streets across this country. And it means holding gun dealers accountable and pressuring government and law enforcement to reform or shut down those who sell guns illegally or irresponsibly. We owe it to the community of Charleston—and to communities around the nation touched by gun violence—to not only stand by them in times of tragedy, but to fight every day for the stronger gun laws that will prevent those tragedies."

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.