Brady Applauds the First Substantive Discussion of Gun Violence in a Presidential Debate in 2020

Washington, D.C., February 7, 2020 - Tonight, candidates vying for the Presidency of the United States addressed the gun violence epidemic in the United States. This debate demonstrated that all candidates for President have and must share

Brady President Kris Brown shared:

“For the first time in 2020, we heard gun violence prevention substantively discussed by candidates for the highest office in the United States. Voters heard moderators address gun violence and candidates share the answers and plans that Americans have indicated are a top priority when they go to the polls this November. From expanding and strengthening background checks to closing loopholes that allow prohibited purchasers to obtain weapons, the candidates on the stage in New Hampshire let Americans know that they are listening to what voters and communities throughout the country demand: common-sense and comprehensive gun violence prevention laws.

The candidates described comprehensive solutions to the broad sweeping solutions presented by the complex problem of American gun violence. In order to truly address this issue our President must evaluate specific solutions to the communities most disproportionately impacted by gun violence. That includes firearm suicide, domestic violence, urban violence, mass shootings, and gun violence in all its forms. Brady is proud that these candidates not only named this epidemic but detailed their plans to eradicate it. Vitally, these candidates explained how the NRA influence in our political system, especially the United States Senate, has stopped substantive action on this issue. Brady is heartened by this discussion and is proud to stand with all Americans of every party that are ready to address this public health crisis.”

When nearly 300 people in America are shot and 100 are killed by gun violence every day, any discussion among individuals with aspirations of leading this nation must include a conversation on how they would meaningfully address gun violence. Brady is proud that tonight, these candidates told the American people how they would address the gun violence epidemic.

Brady stands ready to work to ensure these visions are carried into reality.


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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