Blueprint identifies ways to defend democratic norms, expand background checks, and comprehensively address root causes of gun violence
Washington, D.C., February 13, 2023 - Brady today sent a comprehensive, actionable plan to the 118th Congress to address the epidemic of gun violence in the U.S. This policy and messaging guide, called a “Legislative Blueprint for a Safer America,” serves as a playbook for strengthening gun safety laws, reducing gun violence, and creating a stronger democracy for all Americans.
The blueprint identifies three main areas of focus:
Expanding and protecting democratic norms;
Expanding the Brady Background Check system; and
Addressing gun violence in all its forms.
The release of the Brady Blueprint comes at a critical time, as the country faces an exacerbating threat of gun violence, and an upending of democratic norms. This blueprint will serve as a guide for policymakers and the public alike as they work together to protect our democracy and save lives from the epidemic of gun violence.
Brady President Kris Brown stated:
"With over 300 people shot everyday, gun violence continues to erode the fabric of the American dream and tear families apart. However, through legislative action and direct engagement with the American people, we have the opportunity to change the trajectory of gun violence in the U.S. and lay the foundations for lasting, positive change.
“We need an end to the gun violence epidemic plaguing our communities, from tragic mass shooting attacks in schools, grocery stores, and bars/nightclubs, to the heartbreaking toll of everyday gun-related community violence, domestic violence, and suicide. We need a tailored approach to target each root cause of these preventable tragedies, and we urge policymakers to address this with the gravity of the public health crisis it is."
For more information and to view the full document, visit bradyunited.org/blueprint.
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.