THE THREE GUN VIOLENCE QUESTIONS JEFF SESSIONS MUST ANSWER

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
Phone: 724-612-3453

THE THREE GUN VIOLENCE QUESTIONS JEFF SESSIONS MUST ANSWER

WASHINGTON - The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced the three questions about gun violence Senator Jeff Sessions must be able to answer during his confirmation process for the post of attorney general. Up to this point, Jeff Sessions' career has made America a more dangerous place and lives have been lost because of his shameful, spineless politics.

During Jeff Sessions tenure in the Senate, gun homicides rose 29 percent in Alabama. States with stronger gun laws and expanded Brady background checks saw much different trends; they saw significant declines. So it's important to know whether Sessions is going to make his vision for Alabama the vision for the entire country.

During today's hearing and throughout the entire confirmation process, the Brady Campaign is pushing for Sessions' answers to the following three questions:

  1. 2016 was a historically violent and deadly year for police officers. Just this week, an Orlando police officer was killed after being shot 9 times this, and another was killed in a motorcycle crash during the ensuing manhunt. As the nation's top cop, what would Sessions do to protect America's finest — and the rest of us— from gun violence? We know that states with expanded background checks see 40 percent fewer police officers shot and killed. Does Senator Sessions support expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales?
  2. The more we learn about the men responsible for this week's shooting in Orlando and Friday's horror in Ft. Lauderdale, the clearer it becomes that they are exactly the type of people who should not have access to a gun. What will Senator Sessions do as attorney general to keep guns out of dangerous hands to prevent tragedies like these?
  3. We know the best way to crack down on gun crime in cities is to crack down on the five percent of 'bad apple' gun dealers that sell 90 percent of all crime guns. And we know the ATF has already identified these dealers, and has the capacity to reform them or shut the down. Will Sessions use the full power of his office as attorney general and direct the ATF to crack down on the bad apples that funnel thousands of crime guns to city streets?

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.