FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2017
James Tyll, National Director of Communications
Brady Center Responds To Shooting in California
Today's Attack Claims Five Lives, Injures Two Children as Judges Hear Sandy Hook Lawsuit Appeal
WASHINGTON, DC — This morning, as the Connecticut Supreme Court took up a lawsuit brought on behalf of victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, a gunman opened fire near an elementary school in northern California. Preliminary information shows that the shooter killed four people and wounded many more at multiple different scenes. Early reports show that at least two children are among the injured.
"How many more mass shootings do we need to suffer before we enact sensible policies to stop gun violence?" said Avery Gardiner, Co-President of the Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence. "As a nation, we have had as many mass shootings as days in the calendar year. America is better than this."
"We know how to stop gun violence in America. But the gun lobby resists every attempt to pass sensible legislation. The solution to school shootings is not to arm teachers. The solution is to prevent dangerous people from having easy access to guns," added Kris Brown, Brady Co-President. "If it is indeed true that this shooter was a known felon, we call upon law enforcement to investigate and disclose how he was able to get his guns."
"As mothers, as gun violence prevention advocates, and as Americans, our hearts go out to all the victims and their families. It is time for all of us to demand action from our political leaders," added Ms. Gardiner and Ms. Brown.
Today's shooting in California occurred as the Connecticut Supreme Court heard arguments in a case against Remington, the manufacturer of the infamous AR-15 Bushmaster rifle. The families of those slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School seek to hold Remington accountable for one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history for negligently marketing and selling guns that were designed for military use.
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.