Washington D.C., February 25, 2016 — Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement on the Excel Industries shooting in Hesston, Kansas.
"As this crisis continues to develop, our hearts go out to the Excel Industries family and all those affected. We commend law enforcement for their professionalism and resolve on the scene. Not even one week after a gunman killed six people in Kalamazoo, we as a nation are yet again confronted with the staggering violence that is possible when one person armed with a gun sets their mind on harming others and committing acts of evil.
"We cannot forget that beyond these headlines are lives altered forever, futures abruptly cut short, and families torn apart — real Americans whose lives will never be the same. And losses like these happen every single day in communities across the country. We remain committed to fighting for and passing sensible, life-saving gun reform. There is so much this country can do to keep guns out of out of hands of people intent on harming others. And the truth is whether you are a citizen or a politician, we all share some responsibility to get it done."
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.