Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
BRADY CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON SUNDAY POLICE SHOOTINGS
WASHINGTON - Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement after four police officers were shot yesterday, Sunday, November 20th, in separate incidents in Florida, Missouri, and Texas. At least one officer was killed.
"Yesterday's shootings of four police officers in four American cities are a reminder of the great sacrifice made by law enforcement professionals every day as they work to keep our communities safe. It seems these officers were targeted simply for putting on the uniform. Our thoughts are with the officers, their families, and their communities, and with those who now run toward danger in pursuit of the shooters.
"We bear responsibility for protecting those who protect and serve us. That means doing anything and everything we can to keep guns out of dangerous hands, including expanding Brady background checks to prevent domestic abusers, felons, and other dangerous people from getting their hands on guns. We already know states with expanded background checks see 48 percent fewer police officers shot and killed in the line of duty. Florida, Missouri, and Texas, notorious for their lax gun laws, should take immediate action to protect their law enforcement officers by ensuring no one in the state can buy a gun without a background check. Any state that truly values the safety of its finest must make a serious effort to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them."
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.