Washington D.C., January 6, 2017 — Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign, and Angel Colon, survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting and co-president of Brady's Orlando chapter, both issued statements on the mass shooting at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that left at least five dead and eight injured.
Brady Campaign president Dan Gross said, "Our thoughts and prayers are in Ft. Lauderdale with everyone impacted by this tragedy. But thoughts and prayers will never be enough. Meaningful action only will do. This is what the gun industry wants; we cannot let this senseless act of violence be our new normal. We, as a nation, are on a path to where we feel safe nowhere. That is what the gun industry wants. We have to reverse that course now through sensible laws that protect all of us. As a new session of Congress gets underway, every politician should reflect deeply on what they can do to keep all Americans safe from such acts of tragic violence, as well as the gun violence that takes 93 lives in this country every day. Enough is enough, we are better than this. Congress has to be better than this."
Angel Colon, survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting and Co-President of the Brady Campaign's Chapter or Orlando said, "My heart breaks for the Ft. Lauderdale community and my thoughts are with everyone impacted by this tragedy. Our state has been through so much the past few months. But I know Florida is a community of friends, family, and neighbors that will come together now for Ft. Lauderdale the way it did for Orlando. As we move forward looking for answers, I hope we do so together with love, empathy, and a shared commitment to solutions to such terrible acts of violence."
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.