Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: September 15, 2016
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
YET ANOTHER GOP REP COSPONSORS EXPANDED BACKGROUND CHECK BILL
Brady Campaign secures victory after meeting with Rep. Jolly yields another Republican cosponsor for expanded Brady background checks
WASHINGTON - After a one-on-one meeting with Brady Campaign President Dan Gross, Congressman David Jolly (R-FL) officially filed to cosponsor H.R. 1217, a bill to expand Brady background checks to gun sales at gun shows and online.
Here's how it happened.
Last week, the Brady Campaign began posting memos outside the offices of politicians who have not signed on to expanded background check legislation. Each day, the memos are updated to include the number of Americans shot and killed since Congress first broke for summer vacation in July. Today's memos read 5,400.
Congressman Jolly got the message and called Brady’s president, Dan Gross, Wednesday asking to talk. After a meeting today at the Congressman's request, Jolly officially filed to cosponsor H.R. 1217.
"Don't ever tell me that activism doesn't work, that the gun lobby just has too much money," said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign. "Brady's activists and allies made their voices heard, and today is an example of how powerful our voices can be. People are dying every day and we've got real solutions, solutions supported by more than nine out of ten Americans. This has always been a matter of closing the disgraceful disconnect between the American people and Congress and that’s exactly what is so clearly happening now. The collective outrage of the American people is becoming more powerful than any lobby. This progress, right here, is what a tipping point looks like.
“We thank Congressman Jolly for listening to Brady and the 93 percent of Floridians who support expanded background checks. His support is going to help save lives.
"For the rest of Congress, we have this message: Next week, the Brady Campaign is releasing our updated gun lobby Lap Dog Scorecard. If you've taken money from the gun lobby and stand in the way of sensible, life saving legislation, the whole country is going to know and Brady is going to make sure you are held accountable."
Leading up to next week's congressional scorecard release, the Brady Campaign will continue targeting members who have not cosponsored legislation to expand Brady background checks.
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.