Washington, D.C., July 18, 2022 - Following the shooting at Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Indiana, Brady urges state leaders and elected officials at every level of government to adopt common-sense gun violence prevention policies that will protect Americans in public spaces.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“This shooting underscores the danger that the nation’s unaddressed gun violence crisis poses to all Americans as we attempt to go about our daily lives. No one should fear for their safety on a Sunday trip to the mall; yet hundreds of people in Indiana are now traumatized, and three are dead and two are injured, because we have failed to take action to address gun violence for decades. It is a stroke of luck that a fellow visitor at the mall was able to neutralize the shooter - as we know that multiple studies over numerous years show that the that a ‘good guy with a gun’ is a myth pushed by the gun lobby and that vanishingly few active shooter situations are resolved by armed civilians. That does not minimize his heroism. He saved many lives with quick and brave action.
However, the lives and safety of the general public cannot be subject to the possibility and probability that someone around them is armed and able to intervene in an active shooter situation. Any lives taken unnecessarily due to unfettered access to firearms shows a systemic failure by our leaders to enact upstream solutions to prevent these tragedies before they occur. By preventing gun violence in the first place with common-sense policies that are shown to work, we can avoid these crises and tragedies entirely.
Those are solutions that Americans want and that is the safe future and reality that we all deserve.”
About the Greenwood, IN, Mall Shooting
Around 6:00pm local time, a shooter opened fire in the food court of the Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Indiana, killing three people. Two others were physically injured in the shooting, including a 12-year-old girl, while many others present at the mall will deal with emotional trauma for days, weeks, and possibly years to come. The shooter was eventually shot and killed by a 22-year-old man who was present at the scene and lawfully armed.
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.