Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
A CHILDHOOD OF GUN VIOLENCE SINCE COLUMBINE
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WASHINGTON - Brady Campaign president Dan Gross issued the following statement on the 18th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.
"The story of the eighteen years since Columbine is, in part, a coming of age story. Any American kid born that year would be turning eighteen in 2017. That's an entire childhood, a generation. They didn't know it then, but their youth would be continuously shaped in much the way it began.
"When those kids turned two, more high-schoolers were gunned down by a classmate in Santee, California. On their eighth birthday their parents had to explain to them why a young man killed so many on a Virginia campus; some of them probably had older siblings in college. Thirteen added movie theaters and elementary schools to the list of places they'd never truly feel safe in again. And while the past three years have brought sweet sixteens and proms for most, Orlando, Charleston, and Umpqua reminded them dangerous people could still get guns.
"Many of the victims at Columbine were just eighteen, or younger. We owe them and the generation that's grown up in their wake, better. Our campaign to Finish the Job of expanding Brady background checks won't stop every tragedy, but it could have stopped Columbine. It could have stopped so many of the hundreds of thousands of deaths to gun violence since. Now more than ever we need to hold truth to power and make some lifesaving changes, for this generation and the next."
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.