Washington, D.C., January 6, 2022 - Today, Brady joins President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in calling for immediate action to safeguard our democracy, including passing meaningful voting rights legislation, on the anniversary of the January 6, 2021 violent riot at the U.S. Capitol. This action must likewise include comprehensive gun violence prevention and gun safety reforms. The threat of armed extremism remains an existential threat to national security, public safety, and our democracy, as outlined in Brady’s report ‘Origin of an Insurrection: How Gun Extremism Led to January 6.’
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“This morning, President Biden and Vice President Harris called on Congress to band together and safeguard our democracy. This is our most urgent challenge. We must demand that Congress pass meaningful and comprehensive voting rights legislation to secure a truly democratic government that represents the will of all Americans and a country that meets our highest ideals rather than accepting injustice and division created by extremism and white supremacy. We must also demand that our leaders pass common-sense legislation to prevent armed extremism from threatening our democracy. As President Biden asked today, ‘Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm?’ The answer to this question must be no. Armed extremism is an existential threat to our democracy and our democratic processes - and did not begin or end with January 6. As FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress, ‘the problem of domestic terrorism has been metastasizing across the country for a long time now and it’s not going away anytime soon.’ We must confront this reality. Today’s anniversary is a wake up call to do so.”
About Brady’s Report on the January 6 Insurrection:
‘Origin of an Insurrection: How Gun Extremism Led to January 6,’ confronts how the common narrative around the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol frequently omits the role of Second Amendment extremism. This report traces how the “insurrectionist” construction of the Second Amendment, which falsely asserts that the right to keep and bear arms necessarily includes the right to take up arms against the government, has festered and taken hold in the mindset of popular culture, threatening public order and safety by fueling domestic extremism. This report sets out to examine the role U.S. gun culture and policy played in laying the foundation for January 6, and why it is necessary to address this reality head-on in order to prevent more violence and bloodshed in the years to come.
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.