Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: July 27, 2016
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
BRADY CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON DECISION TO RELEASE MAN WHO SHOT RONALD REAGAN & JIM BRADY
WASHINGTON - Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement on the decision to release the man who shot President Ronald Reagan and press secretary Jim Brady.
"There may be different views about releasing back into society a man who tried to kill the President of the United States, permanently disabled James Brady and shot two others. But virtually all Americans should be outraged that today, 35 years later, it remains far too easy for Jim’s would-be killer to buy a gun. Brady background checks are still not required for all gun sales in Virginia or many other states, and a thriving online marketplace has emerged to exploit this vast gap in our laws. There is nothing stopping any dangerous person from going to a gun show or online to buy any gun he wants and then committing the next act of political terror.
"President Ronald Reagan stood with Jim Brady and this organization to advocate for Brady background checks as one step toward building the safer America we all deserve. That legacy has saved countless lives, blocking more than 2.6 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers since 1994, and it stands to save many more if Congress expands Brady background checks to all gun sales.
"Next week marks the anniversary of Jim Brady’s death, when he finally succumbed to gunshot wounds inflicted by a man who never should have been able to buy gun. In life Jim and his wife Sarah refused to be victims or give in to anger or injury. They spent their lives fighting for strong, sensible gun laws. This decision will only redouble our resolve at the Brady Campaign to expand background checks to every gun sale and end the horror of gun violence that takes 90 lives every single day."
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.