FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2018
James Tyll, National Director of Communications
Today's school shooting, the third in the past two days, is one of the most terrifying aspects of America's gun violence epidemic. In 2017, 132 people were killed or injured in school and university shootings, yet Congress and the president have made it even easier for dangerous people to buy guns. In the aftermath of today's tragedy, which left two children dead and 17 injured, Representative James Comer was quick to respond with thoughts and prayers. But his constituents, and all Americans, demand more than thoughts and prayers from their elected officials. What they got instead, from Rep. Comer, were two votes in the last year to weaken our nation's background check system for gun purchases.
There are sensible steps we can take to reduce gun violence, and they don't implicate the 2nd Amendment. Brady hopes the investigation will reveal how the 15 year old shooter got his gun, as federal law doesn't allow those under 18 to have handguns. In 68 percent of school shootings, the shooters get their guns from a relative.
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.