Washington, D.C., May 21, 2020 – Following widespread coverage of a shooting at the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona, Brady calls for action to prevent gun violence amid ongoing gun violence in every state across the country. Despite shutdown orders across the country, shootings have continued, and in many cities and areas have increased, further straining healthcare systems already taxed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“Last night three individuals were shot while walking in an outdoor mall in Arizona. While many media outlets covered this shooting, also last night two people were shot in Shreveport, Louisiana; a man in his twenties was murdered and a young boy shot at a taco stand in Glendale, California; a man was killed on a street corner in Orlando, Florida; two individuals, one a teenager, were injured in a drive-by shooting in Augusta, Georgia; an individual was shot in James Island in Charleston County, South Carolina.
In short, it was another Wednesday night in the United States of America. Gun violence is not taking a holiday during this pandemic, and we have more people at home with loaded and unsecured guns than ever before.
While the shooting in Arizona last night attracted the most attention, over 100 people die from gun violence across the country every day. We need decisive action to help stop this crisis, and that means nationwide expanded background checks, extreme risk laws to allow removal of guns from at-risk individuals and a renewed assault weapons ban, among other policies. We have the answers, but we need to elect more leaders who put people ahead of gun industry profits.”
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.