Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: August 8, 2016
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
BRADY CAMPAIGN TO PUT CONGRESS ON NOTICE WITH NEW ACCOUNTABILITY CAMPAIGN
Activists set to directly engage with members of Congress in their districts
WASHINGTON - Members in both major political parties who are on the wrong side the gun violence prevention issue are among the Brady Campaign's targets as the organization prepares to kick off a summer accountability campaign this week.
After failing to pass any kind of gun reform in the weeks following the nation’s deadliest mass shooting, politicians in Washington packed their bags and called it a day – jetting off for a 52-day vacation. Meanwhile, Americans are paying the price for that inaction. Tuesday marks 90 days until the general election - the same number of Americans who die from gun violence each day. That means an estimated 8,100 people will be shot and killed before Election Day, and they have no idea it’s coming.
Inspired by activist and first African American presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm who said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring in a folding chair,” gun violence prevention activists will do just that. Over the coming weeks, activists will descend upon district offices of select members, many with folding chairs in tow, and take their seat at the table. They'll sit and stand in protest until the politicians responsible for stonewalling gun reform address their constituents and ultimate victims of their inaction.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign, said, "Congress is so dysfunctional that most Americans probably haven’t even noticed they've been gone, because the results have been the some – nothing. While these members of Congress are soaking up the sun during a particularly long recess, Americans continue to die from gun violence every day. It’s time to hold politicians accountable. So we're naming names and taking our campaign to their doorstep. This epidemic doesn’t just stop when Congress’ vacation begins. Congress must get back to work and when they do, stopping gun violence must be its top priority."
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
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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.