Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: August 11, 2015
Contact: Chris Henderson, chenderson [at] bradymail [dot] org
HOUSTON SHOOTER WOULD NOT HAVE PASSED BACKGROUND CHECK
Purchased gun online days before shooting
WASHINGTONDan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement on the shooter who killed eight people in Houston, TX:
“We are outraged to learn in recent reports that the gun used to kill eight people, including six children, in Houston could have been prevented with a simple Brady background check. The murderer was a prohibited purchaser with a rap sheet a mile long who would have been blocked from buying a gun at a licensed dealer. So instead, he simply bought his gun online, where no Brady background checks are required in Texas. Enough is enough. It’s time for lawmakers to finish the job and expand lifesaving Brady background checks, which have blocked the sales of more than 2.4 million guns to prohibited purchasers since 1994, to include the thousands of guns sold every day at gun shows and online. This tragedy could have been prevented if policymakers in Washington stopped kowtowing to the gun lobby and started caring more about protecting the lives of the people who elected them. People are literally dying every day as a result of Congress’ inaction.”
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