Washington, D.C., October 15, 2021 – Following the news that the defendant charged in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, will plead guilty to murder and attempted murder in the case, Brady urges attention to the ongoing needs of survivors and affected families and the unfinished work to pass life-saving gun violence prevention policies in Florida and across the country. Survivors and those affected live with the physical and emotional wounds from this shooting every day. Their needs and the pressing need to stop future such tragedies must remain front and center in the discussion of this trial and its eventual conclusion.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“While today’s news may be welcome to many, we cannot lose sight of the need to support those affected by this tragedy, and to stop future such shootings. The wounds that survivors and families and others affected carry with them go beyond physical injuries. We must ensure that as a country and community we continue to uplift and support those affected by this shooting and prioritize their needs and their voices in the call for an end to gun violence. We call on all elected officials to act without delay to stop this uniquely American epidemic now. We have the tools and policies to do so, what we need is the will.”
Fred Guttenberg, father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was killed in the 2018 shooting, shared:
“Today’s news is a stark reminder that lives hang in the balance every day that our elected officials refuse to take action to protect our communities and our kids. This is a moment to remember the families and our community who have been affected by this shooting, as we live with the aftermath and reality every day. We must never give up the effort to keep other families safe from gun violence, nor cease to support survivors and those affected by this American epidemic, and the shooting in Parkland, specifically.”
About ‘No Notoriety’:
Brady has joined the ‘No Notoriety Protocol,’ a pledge not to increase attention to and therefore mention of the perpetrators of mass shootings and other high-profile and high-casualty crimes. Particularly in relation to mass shootings, notoriety and infamy have been found to be motivating factors for perpetrators. By minimizing attention to and amplification of shooters and their agendas, media and activist organizations such as Brady can help reduce the possibility that individuals will be captivated or motivated by these individuals’ horrendous actions.
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.