Washington D.C., September 24, 2016 — Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement on Friday night's mass shooting at a Washington shopping mall.
"Our hearts break over another mass shooting tragedy in Washington State. The victims, their families, and the entire community have our deepest sympathies."
"While the shooting remains under investigation, and the shooter remains at large, we are reminded once again of the horrific toll of gun violence in our nation and the importance of our mission to make it stop. After a tragedy like this, the first question we all ask is 'why?' But just as important are 'how' and 'where?' Specifically, how and where did the shooter get his gun? Is this someone who underwent a background check from a responsible gun dealer, or did he exploit America's lax gun laws to carry out these murders? These are important questions that must be answered as we seek justice and work toward solutions to stop gun violence in America."
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.