Attorney General Garland's Remarks Underscore the Need for Urgent Action to Address the Longstanding Extremism Pushed by the Gun Lobby and Outlined in Brady's New Report, 'Origin of an Insurrection: How Gun Extremism Led to January 6.'

Washington, D.C., January 5, 2022 - Today, Brady applauds the U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General Merrick Garland for it’s continuing response to the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. In remarks this afternoon, Attorney General Garland outlined the department's continued efforts to hold those responsible for the violence at the Capitol accountable for their actions, as well as combating violent extremism nationwide. The Attorney General’s remarks underscore the need for urgent action to address extremism and the insurrectionist rhetoric and ideology pushed by the gun lobby and outlined in Brady’s report, ‘Origin of an Insurrection: How Gun Extremism Led to January 6.’

Brady President Kris Brown shared:

“Attorney General Garland’s remarks this afternoon understand the scope of the effort to bring those who assaulted the U.S. Capitol to justice, but they also underscore the breathtaking extent to which extremism and insurrectionist ideology has taken hold in our country. Attorney General Garland reaffirmed the need to protect our democracy, including supporting the need for ‘free, fair and secure elections.’ The anniversary of the January 6 U.S. Capitol attack should galvanize action to stop the spread of insurrectionist ideology which has been promulgated by the gun lobby for decades. It is a threat to our national security, to public safety, and to our democracy. We must confront this reality head on, including by safeguarding our public spaces and legislatures with common-sense gun laws that protect people and the democratic process. We are gratified that the Justice Department is continuing to take this threat seriously and look forward to continued work with the executive branch and with Congress to create a safer country for us all.”

About Brady’s Report on the January 6 Insurrection:

Origin of an Insurrection: How Gun Extremism Led to January 6,’ confronts how the common narrative around the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol frequently omits the role of Second Amendment extremism. This report traces how the “insurrectionist” construction of the Second Amendment, which falsely asserts that the right to keep and bear arms necessarily includes the right to take up arms against the government, has festered and taken hold in the mindset of popular culture, threatening public order and safety by fueling domestic extremism. This report sets out to examine the role U.S. gun culture and policy played in laying the foundation for January 6, and why it is necessary to address this reality head-on in order to prevent more violence and bloodshed in the years to come.

Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.


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