The American People Expect and Deserve More Now
Washington, D.C., March 22, 2018 - Reports that the Congressional "omnibus" bill to fund the federal government through September includes the "Fix NICS" bill and a bill on school safety, but very few provisions or dollars to fight gun violence. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released the following statement:
"Just over a month after 17 innocent people were killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, FL, the American people have been screaming from the rooftops for real, bold change to fight against such tragedies. And this is just not enough," said Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign. "More and more of our elected leaders are recognizing the need for the Brady three-point plan of universal background checks, a ban on all assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and enacting extreme risk laws. We’ve waited too long for real change, and we have seen the consequences of Congress’s inaction. Until we enact real gun reform, we will not let up in our fight."
Since the Brady background check law went into effect in 1994, more than 3 million illegal gun sales have been blocked. A recent report by the Brady Campaign noted that the Fix NICS bill is an important step towards improving the background system, but by itself, it will not do enough to reduce gun violence.
"Today, a felon can go online and buy a gun from a private seller, evading any background check," stated Brady co-president Avery Gardiner. "This is because we have not updated the Brady background check law in the last 20 years. So while it is a good idea to get better data into the system, as the Fix NICS bill would do, that is insufficient. "We must require a background check for every gun sale. And for those who oppose it: the American people demand an explanation for why you think it should remain easy for dangerous people to buy guns in our country."
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.