BRADY CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON ORLANDO SHOOTING ANNIVERSARY | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

BRADY CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON ORLANDO SHOOTING ANNIVERSARY

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly@bradymail.org
Phone: 724-612-3453

BRADY CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON ORLANDO SHOOTING ANNIVERSARY

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WASHINGTON - Brady Campaign president Dan Gross issued the following statement on the anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. This week the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is teaming up with Everytown for Gun Safety, Americans for Responsible Solutions, and a diverse coalition of organizations for Disarm Hate Week. The week is bookended by the anniversaries of the shootings at Pulse and the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

"Today we remember the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando that took and forever changed so many lives. In the wake of that tragedy our nation – people of all stripes – responded with love, outrage, and action. Our massive movement to hold lawmakers accountable poured hundreds of thousands of calls into Congress. And we stood by those politicians who went to extraordinary lengths to successfully force votes on lifesaving legislation. Bills no one ever thought would see the light of day were suddenly the center of policy debates broadcast nationwide. But there's still work to be done, and it's going to take all of us. Today we remember Orlando and resolve to fight on together to make this the better, safer nation we all want and deserve.

"A year ago today a man filled with hate unleashed tragic violence in Orlando's Pulse nightclub. We have to make it harder for people like him, and other dangerous people, to get guns. Brady background checks are the single most effective way to do that, making the Disarm Hate Act a lifesaving no-brainer. Hate crimes are multiplying at an alarming rate, with major metro areas seeing a 20 percent increase last year. Congress has a responsibility now to make sure those criminals can no longer act on that hate."

The Disarm Hate Act (S. 1324, introduced by Senator Bob Casey, and H.R. 2841, introduced by Congressman David Cicilline) would add those convicted of certain misdemeanor hate crimes to the list of prohibited persons who are prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or owning a firearm.

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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.