Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
CORRECTING THE RECORD: NRA POLICIES ARE KILLING COPS, NOT PROTECTING THEM
Brady maintains strong commitment, proven track record protecting and defending law enforcement families in court
WASHINGTON - A television ad out from the National Rifle Association defends attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, making hollow promises that he'll be good news for America's cops. Problem is, the corporate gun lobby's priorities are getting officers shot and killed at an alarming rate.
From ensuring felons, fugitives, and domestic abusers can too easily get guns without a background check to shielding irresponsible gun dealers and manufacturers from accountability, the gun lobby has consistently fought policies and practices proven to keep first responders safe.
Brady Campaign president Dan Gross said, "This ad isn't about protecting police and other first responders. It's about the gun lobby keeping one of its most loyal lapdogs on a short leash. If the NRA really cares about officer safety, they'd stop fighting the proven policies and practices that can dramatically impact the leading cause of line of duty deaths, gun violence."
The Brady Campaign and Center maintains a strong commitment and proven track record standing behind those who serve. For decades, Brady has been a leading organization in the pursuit of justice for officers shot in the line of duty and their families, taking on the toughest cases and representing officers in court personally. Brady has had unprecedented success securing justice for officers shot by individuals who never should have had guns in the first place.
The Brady Center recently won two high profile cases in Wisconsin, successfully suing a Milwaukee gun dealer, which irresponsibly sold guns used to shoot four Milwaukee police officers. Brady also successfully settled a lawsuit against a Mississippi dealer who irresponsibly sold a gun that was used by gang members in the south side of Chicago to kill second generation officer and Iraqi war veteran Thomas Wortham, IV.
Legislative victories expanding Brady background checks in states like Nevada, Washington, and Oregon are proving critical to keeping law enforcement officials safe. Forty percent fewer police officers are shot and killed in the line of duty in states that have expanded Brady background checks - legislation Senator Sessions, the NRA, and the corporate gun lobby have repeatedly fought against.
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.