Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: July 19, 2016
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
BRADY PARTNERS LAUNCH ‘THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS’ CAMPAIGN AS POLITICIANS DO NOTHING TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE
WASHINGTON – After Sunday’s ambush of law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by a gunman with a military-style rifle, which killed three law enforcement officers and injured three others, politicians poured out their condolences on Facebook and Twitter, offering “thoughts and prayers" for the dead and wounded. The one thing many of those politicians haven’t offered: any action to stop gun violence.
The Brady Campaign has joined Crowdrise to promote a campaign calling out hypocritical politicians who offer nothing but thoughts and prayers after mass shootings. These politicians ignore calls for common sense gun policies and take money from the corporate gun lobby to actively fight changes to federal law that we all know would prevent future tragedies. Launched by individuals at creative agency Wieden+Kennedy after the deadly mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, “Thoughts and Prayers: Comforting Tweets from Powerful Hypocrites” compiles actual condolence tweets from pro-gun politicians who have time and again chosen words over actions.
“Sunday’s tragedy is just the latest proof that thoughts and prayers from politicians are not enough to stop America’s epidemic of gun violence. Neither the hate-fueled mass shootings nor the loss of 90 lives each and every day to gun violence will be stopped by condolence tweets. But they could be stopped by action from Washington, D.C.,” said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
“There’s nothing wrong with praying in a time of crisis—far from it. But thoughts and prayers must be accompanied by action. It’s time for our political leaders to stand up to the corporate gun lobby and seek real solutions to gun violence, such as expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales and passing measures to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, including terrorists. It’s time for politicians to listen to law enforcement voices pointing out the insanity of allowing absolutely anyone to carry a gun anytime anywhere—as the Cleveland police union did on Sunday, when it asked for a moratorium on open carry outside the Republican National Convention, and as Dallas Police Chief David Brown did last week when he pointed out that ‘we don't know who the good guy is versus who the bad guy is if everybody starts shooting.’
“America needs more than politicians’ thoughts and prayers. This country needs to change lax gun laws that continue to allow more than 200 people a day to be shot and put our families and communities, as well as law enforcement officers’ lives, at risk every day.”
For more information: https://www.crowdrise.com/thoughtsandprayers/. The campaign benefits the Brady Center to Prevent Gun 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.