Washington D.C., September 29, 2017 —Brady Campaign co-president Kris Brown issued the following statement on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's return to Capitol Hill, after he he was shot earlier this year.
"The Brady Campaign was relieved to see the good news of Congressman Scalise's improved health and return to Capitol Hill this week. As a former congressional staffer, I join the rest of our organization and the Washington community in saying, welcome back!
"Like tens of thousands of Americans who've survived gunshot wounds this year, Congressman Scalise has faced a tough, expensive road to recovery, and we're glad he was fortunate enough to have good health insurance and a deep support network of family, colleagues, and friends to help him on that journey.
"Rep. Scalise returns to Washington facing some important legislative decisions this fall. High on the House GOP's priority list is the SHARE Act, a bill that would, in part, allow dangerous people to buy silencers and bullets designed to pierce body armor like that worn by the officers who saved the majority whip's life.
"We encourage Congressman Scalise to side with other gun violence victims to oppose this legislation, and instead champion a bill in the House to enact Extreme Risk Protective Orders, or ERPOs. These orders allow family members and law enforcement to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from someone in crisis, demonstrating dangerous behavior, or suffering mental illness, like the man who shot Congressman Scalise, who had a history of threats and violence. These orders have been successful in the states and could very well have kept guns out of the dangerous hands of Scalise's shooter."
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.