Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
TRUMP CAN REDUCE CHICAGO'S GUN VIOLENCE IF HE REALLY WANTS TO
Trump tweets about 'federal help' for Chicago gun violence crisis
Chicago crime guns coming from 'bad apple' gun dealers, Pence's Indiana
WASHINGTON - As Chicago closed out its most violent year in two decades, President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter, urging local officials to request "Federal help" to combat gun violence. While it's anyone's guess what the president-elect meant by that, there is real action his Justice Department could take on Trump's first day in office to dramatically curb gun violence in Chicago.
Brady Campaign president Dan Gross said, "If Donald Trump actually wants to help reduce gun violence in Chicago he can! The city's crime guns are coming from a handful of 'bad apple' gun dealers in surrounding towns and states (like Mike Pence's Indiana) who irresponsibly and illegally sell guns to dangerous people. One such Illinois dealer, Chuck's Gun Shop, sold more than 1,500 guns used in Chicago crimes in just a four-year period. Trump could take quick action to stop that flow of crime guns into Chicago. The ATF already knows who these unscrupulous dealers are. Trump and the next Attorney General should direct agents to crack down on those dealers, enforce federal law and stop the flow of crime guns onto the Windy City's streets.
"We know Trump can tweet the tweet, but will he walk the walk? If Donald Trump really cares about the staggering levels of violence in Chicago, on day one he will direct the ATF to shut down or reform these 'bad apple' dealers for good."
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.