Jan 8, 2013
Washington, DC – For the last six months the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has led a national conversation about gun violence in America. Today, on the second anniversary of the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that conversation continues with a “Day of Action” challenging all Americans to call for action from their leaders in Washington.
Today’s call to action was announced during a virtual town hall meeting Monday night with thousands of advocates, supporters, and concerned Americans from across the nation, and is a coordinated effort between the Brady Campaign, We Are Better Than This, One Million Moms, and Change.org. Participants in the call included Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; Colin Goddard, Assistant Director of Federal Legislation at the Brady Campaign and a survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre; Sandy Phillips, a Brady Advocate and mother of Jessica Redfield Ghawi who was murdered at the Century Movie Theater in Aurora, CO.
The day of action follows the December Capitol Hill press conference with more than 20 family members and survivors of mass shootings across America. These families were the first to be invited to the White House following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. These families and survivors were joined by supporters of the Brady Campaign to hand deliver a letter of action to the White House and Congressional leadership.
The Brady Campaign and its partners are urging supporters to keep the national conversation moving forward by signing onto the letter from survivors and family members of mass shootings and contacting their elected officials to demand comprehensive solutions to gun violence. They have also asked supporters to email their ideas to the Gun Violence Task Force lead by Vice President Joe Biden, as well as engaging friends through social media by sharing PSAs recently released by the “We Are Better Than This” website. The public service announcements, directed by Oscar nominated director Griffin Dunne, are available here:
The PSAs feature celebrities including Mandy Patinkin, Mark Ruffalo, Rosanne Cash, Mariska Hargitay, Julianna Margulies, Paul Rudd, Anthony LaPaglia, Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts.
The Brady Campaign continues to work with all Americans against gun violence including all gun owners and NRA members who believe that the 2nd Amendment can coexist with efforts to keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals.
The Brady Campaign is the nation's largest citizens' lobby to prevent gun violence. We represent the voice of the overwhelming majority of Americans who are tired of living with the constant tragedy of gun violence and are in favor of strong laws and policies that will save lives. We are the light that exposes politicians who are putting the American people at risk, empowering the American people to hold them accountable for decisions and actions that undermine public safety.
We are driven by the focused vision of a nation where all Americans are safe at home, at work, at school, and in our communities.
Dan Gross is the President of the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. A photo and more information about Dan Gross is available here.