FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2014 Contact: Jennifer Fuson 202-370-8128 jfuson [at] bradymail [dot] org
Statement from Brian Malte, Senior National Policy Director, Brady Campaign:
Washington, D.C. – “The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is taking bold steps forward in its ongoing approach to reduce gun violence and save lives by combining strong policies that keep guns away from dangerous people with public health and safety initiatives to encourage safer attitudes and behaviors toward guns.
There are 300 million guns in America, the majority owned by law-abiding citizens. Yet, these are the guns that contribute to the majority of gun deaths and injuries in the U.S. Tragically, nearly 20,000 Americans kill themselves with guns each year. The Brady Campaign applauds Massachusetts for its leadership in tackling the issue of suicide and unauthorized access to firearms.
For years, Brady has recognized that changing attitudes and behavior around guns--including suicide-proofing your home and asking other parents, family and friends about gun ownership and safe storage practices where children play--is crucial to reducing gun-related death and injury.
Massachusetts’ comprehensive approach recognizes that strong public policy must go hand-in-hand with greater public awareness about the potential dangers related to gun ownership. The new law signed today by Governor Patrick will make a real difference in reducing Massachusetts’ gun violence.”
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