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Brady Statement on Richmond Graduation Shooting

Washington, D.C., June 6, 2023 – Two people were killed and five were injured in a mass shooting following a high school graduation in Richmond, Va. Brady, the country’s oldest gun violence prevention organization, released the following statement:

Kris Brown, president of Brady, said:

“In just the past few months, we’ve experienced mass shootings at a doctor’s office, a mall, and now outside a high school graduation. It shouldn’t be lost on anyone that this shooting took place following a graduation ceremony for a generation that has been raised on school shooting drills and mass shootings.

“Gun violence has been a reality for this generation since they were small children and it is now following them into adulthood because of this country’s relationship with guns and the gun industry’s influence over our lawmakers. Our hearts go out to the victims and families of this senseless shooting.”


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.

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