Today, the Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a man with a long judicial record of hostility towards common sense gun safety laws, to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination, reacted with sadness and determination.
Last night, seven law enforcement officers were shot in the line of duty, and one of them was killed. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence honored the officers’ service and sacrifice, calling for national and local officials to take action to ensure that dangerous people do not have access to guns.
This week, former Missouri secretary of state and Army captain Jason Kander announced that he will seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder brought about due to his combat tour in Afghanistan 11 years ago, ending his campaign for mayor of Kansas City, MO. The Brady Campaign thanked Jason for his honesty and strength-in-vulnerability, and noted his long history of being a champion for gun safety.
On November 6, 2015, a Harps grocery store in Mountain Home, Arkansas, sold a 9mm semiautomatic handgun that a man who had been committed to a mental hospital picked out and paid for in the store, and Harps then sold to a straw purchaser. Less than 24 hours later, the gun was used to shoot and kill Donald and LaDonna Rice in their home in Midway, Arkansas. The families of Don and Donna Rice filed suit today against Harps in Washington County, Arkansas.
With less than six weeks until Americans take to the polls for the midterm elections, a new poll in battleground districts across the country shows that voters, including firearm owners, are firmly on the side of candidates and policies that will prevent gun violence. The poll, commissioned by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Federation of Teachers, found that a vast majority of respondents, even in districts that voted for Donald Trump in 2016, support common-sense policies like universal background checks and providing federal funding to school mental health programs over arming teachers.
Today, embattled crypto-anarchist Cody Wilson announced that he will step down, effective immediately, as CEO of Defense Distributed. This follows his recent arrest and deportation on charges of sexually assaulting a minor. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which has been a leading voice in the fight against Wilson’s publication of blueprints for 3D-printed guns, made clear that the organization’s efforts will continue despite today’s announcement.
Today, shareholders of American Outdoor Brands, the owners of Smith & Wesson, voted in favor of a resolution calling on the company’s Board of Directors to issue a report about what the company is doing regarding gun safety and reducing gun violence. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence applauded the important action and praised the action of gun safety advocates to bring forth the resolution -- the second of its kind ever passed by shareholders of a gun company.
Once again, a community is left reeling following a fatal shooting, this time at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, MD. With four dead, including the shooter, and three injured, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued a statement expressing outrage at yet another mass shooting in America.
With less than 50 days until the 2018 midterm elections, voters are preparing to take to the polls in support of candidates committed to reducing gun violence in our country. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced its latest round of endorsements, including, together with the organization’s Florida Executive Committee, gun violence prevention champions Andrew Gillum and Chris King for governor and lieutenant governor of Florida.
Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day, a new report released by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence shows that 63 people die by suicide with a gun every day. The report explores the link between suicides and guns, which communities are most impacted, and what policies could be put in place to prevent the epidemic.