Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: July 17, 2016
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
BRADY CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON MASS SHOOTING ATTACK ON BATON ROUGE POLICE
"As a country, we must come together to engage in meaningful conversations about how to address the hate that fuels tragedy and rips apart communities, and how to disarm that hate.”
WASHINGTON - Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement after the ambush of law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“Today’s attack on law enforcement officers who were simply doing their jobs and protecting their community is despicable. Our hearts are with the families of the officers killed, and our thoughts go out to all of those wounded and to the community of Baton Rouge, which is once again broken by violence. Most Americans will never understand the sacrifices police officers and their families make for the good of their communities and this country, and we salute them for their service. Lax gun laws put law enforcement lives in jeopardy and far too often, law enforcement officers pay the ultimate price for their courage.
“Once again today, we have seen Americans attacked and killed because of who they are. Today, officers were targeted because of the badge and uniform they wear. This is no better than targeting someone because of their religion, the color of their skin, or their sexuality. There is simply no justification for this violence, and America will not stand by and allow this to keep happening.
“As a country, we must do better. As a country, we must come together to engage in meaningful conversations about how to address the hate that fuels tragedy and rips apart communities, and how to disarm that hate, including addressing the lax gun laws in our country that make it all too easy for hate to turn deadly. And we must do so without violence.”
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.