Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
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HOUSE COMMITTEE SHARE ACT INCLUDES SILENT BUT DEADLY GUN SAFETY ROLLBACKS
WASHINGTON - Brady Campaign co-president Kris Brown issued the following statement after House Republicans moved H.R. 3668: the SHARE Act out of committee. The package has several bad gun safety provisions including the so-called Hearing Protection Act to roll back existing ATF regulations that have effectively kept silencers out of dangerous and prohibited hands for more than 80 years.
"Our kids are just back to school, and many started their first week with mandatory active shooter drills. As a mom, I find it sad and ironic that Congress started its week back after August recess with consideration of a bill which would make it harder to detect shootings once they start. This is not just speculation. We know that silencers suppress the sound of gunfire and that hearing the gunfire can make a significant difference in rapid response times. Yesterday's shooting at a Spokane high school ended within a minute because students scattered and a courageous employee rushed to the scene to intervene as the booming sound of gunfire reverberated throughout the building."
"Law enforcement and military experts have told the American people and Congress they oppose this bill, and that there are very effective hearing protection devices already available on the open market. Keeping guns out of dangerous hands and stopping school shootings, ambushes of police and other mass shootings before they can start is the priority for the American people--not making it harder to detect a shooting once it starts. A vote for the SHARE Act is a vote for gun industry profits over the lives of law enforcement and innocent people. Anyone who votes for this bill with these gun provisions needs to understand exactly what they are doing, and we won't let them forget it."
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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.