Washington D.C., August 28, 2017 — Brady Campaign president Dan Gross released a statement following the arrest, and video evidence, of a white nationalist at Charlottesville who fired his gun into a crowd of counter-protesters after yelling a racial slur on August 12.
"The NRA's leadership must own this; it's the very world they've propagated and enabled at the objection of even their own members. This video is disturbing to watch, but it's in no way hard to believe. From Charleston to Orlando, and now Charlottesville, we know what happens when people filled with hate are allowed to get and carry guns wherever they want. As law enforcement stood close by and reportedly remained unaware, luck is all that kept this violent act from tailspinning into even greater tragedy. The Second Amendment does not give anyone the right to shoot, threaten, or intimidate those exercising their First Amendment rights. But this is the world the NRA's leadership is striving to create."
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.