Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: February 26, 2016
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
ON OSCARS WEEKEND, HOLLYWOOD TEAMS UP WITH BRADY’S #ENOUGH CAMPAIGN TO UNVEIL BRACELETS HONORING VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE
Dan Gross: "The Brady Campaign and its millions of supporters are proud to stand with the Hollywood community to say #ENOUGH to gun violence in America — from the mass shootings in malls, movie theaters, churches and schools to the daily terror in homes and on streets across the country. The American people know that we are better than this and that we can do so much more to keep guns out of the hands of the people we all agree shouldn’t have them -- and to make this the safer nation we all want and deserve.”
WASHINGTON – This awards season, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is teaming up with Hollywood to lift up the stories of the 90 Americans killed every day by gun violence.
On the red carpet, high-profile celebrities, including Oscars presenter Steve Carrell, best actor nominee Bryan Cranston, director nominee Adam McKay, and Oscar winner Patricia Arquette will join the effort to shed light on the human cost of gun violence by wearing unique, hand-crafted bracelets that commemorate Americans killed or injured by gun violence.
Each bracelet is a moving tribute to one of the thousands of Americans affected by gun violence every year, and bears the initials and age of the victim, whose story and photo are featured at www.SayEnough.org.
When celebrities are asked, “Who Are You Wearing?” on the red carpet this Oscars weekend, they can say they’re wearing a moving tribute to one of the thousands of Americans affected by gun violence every year.
Gun violence kills almost 33,000 Americans and injures 76,000 more each year. But these statistics are more than just numbers – they represent a very real human toll. Although most of these shootings don’t make headlines, each victim has a story: a family, friends, a future cut short.
“We have had #ENOUGH of the violence that rips apart families and communities every single day in America,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “Hollywood is joining the Brady Campaign to call for an end to the daily terror in malls, schools, and churches, and in the streets and homes of cities and towns across this country. We should never forget that beyond the headlines and the statistics are people – people whose lives are forever changed by the epidemic of gun violence.”
The campaign is the latest effort by Brady’s #ENOUGH campaign, which engages celebrities and partners in the entertainment industry to raise awareness about the critical need to stop gun violence in America and require a Brady background check on every gun sale.
Brady background checks work. Since the Brady Law took effect in 1994, they have stopped more than 2.6 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers – people we all agree shouldn’t have guns – including convicted felons, domestic abusers, fugitives, and other dangerous people. But tens of thousands of guns are still sold every year with no questions asked at gun shows or online – where they can wind up the hands of violent criminals. In fact, 40 percent of guns are sold without a Brady background check. It’s time to close this dangerous loophole to save American lives.
Americans affected by gun violence can share their own stories at www.sayenough.org, order custom bracelets to honor friends and loved ones lost to gun violence, and join the public movement to demand an end to 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.