Washington, D.C., January 14, 2020 – At tonight’s debate for the Democratic nomination for President, there was too little discussion of the gun violence epidemic in the United States. This is the third consecutive debate at which this issue has not been substantively addressed or solutions on how to protect Americans offered. In that same period, there have been over 12 mass shootings across the country, including more than five in 2020 already.

Brady President Kris Brown stated:

“It’s disappointing that there was little substantive discussion of the gun violence epidemic in the United States. Gun violence affects every community and every voter. Tonight’s debate was an opportunity to discuss this issue as it relates to public safety, but also public health, racial justice, and how money in politics is preventing meaningful solutions to reduce violence in our communities from being implemented. Our nation’s failure to address this issue cuts to the heart of our democracy. We needed to hear solutions from those seeking the highest office in the country.”

Approximately 100 people across the country a day are killed by gun violence. In 2020 alone, in addition to several, high profile mass shootings, there have been numerous individual and smaller scale but devastating tragedies, including the New Year’s Eve shooting of a 14-year-old boy in Des Moines, Iowa, that affect every community across the United States.

Brown concluded:

“This is the last debate before the first round of voting. As the primary season accelerates and as we draw closer to a general election, candidates – and not just those for President – will need to speak to voters about the issues that matter to them. For every American, but particularly for marginalized communities and communities of color, the very real threat of gun violence is top of mind. We know that voters want to hear about this issue. We are looking to candidates for answers. Successful candidates will have them.”

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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