Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
NRA & GUN INDUSTRY CASH IN ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH, PUT VICTIMS AT GREATER RISK
NRA encourages victims to buy guns, advertises its training program
WASHINGTON - For Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, The National Rifle Association is encouraging victims to buy guns and enroll in the NRA's training courses. They're calling on gun ranges across the country to take similar action by offering discounted concealed carry courses for domestic violence victims. While this campaign may be good for the NRA's bottom line, it's downright dangerous for victims and their families.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign said, "The NRA and the corporate gun lobby will stop at literally nothing to sell more guns, even if that means preying on the fears of domestic violence victims during a month designed to raise awareness about this kind of abuse. It's disgusting that the NRA would use Domestic Violence Awareness Month to advertise their products and promote their archaic world view that locked and loaded is a safer way to live. This is actually a dangerous lie to peddle that could cost lives. The mere presence of a gun in the home, whether it belongs to the abuser or the victim, makes it five times more likely that a domestic violence victim will be killed by their abuser.
"This month especially, it's important for us to talk about solutions that actually do protect victims of domestic violence - not marketing ploys that put them at greater risk. That means keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers in the first place. And we know Brady background checks are the best way to do that. In fact, states with expanded background checks for all handgun sales have seen a 46% drop in women shot and killed by an intimate partner. Surely anyone seriously invested in protecting domestic violence victims should be able to get behind that.
"At the end of the day, buying a gun is a very serious, personal decision. And the NRA owes it to every American to be up-front about the real risks and responsibilities involved. When lives hang in the balance, sweeping those risks under the rug is a very dangerous game to play."
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.