Washington, D.C., November 15, 2021 - Following a mass shooting at Nome Park in Aurora, Colorado, that has injured as many as five teenagers, Brady calls for action to prevent gun violence nationwide. While few details in this case have yet emerged, Nome Park sits near Aurora Central High School, a reminder of the toll of daily gun violence on the youngest Americans. While the Colorado legislature took swift action in 2021 to pass needed gun violence prevention laws, Brady reiterates the need to continue this momentum and calls on the federal government to pass needed, common-sense and comprehensive legislation to address gun violence at once. There have already been over 620 mass shootings in 2021. We cannot continue to accept deadly inaction.
Brady Vice President of Organizing, survivor, and Colorado resident Maisha Fields shared:
“Let us not turn a blind eye and simply say this is yet one more mass shooting. On this day the North Aurora Community was terrorized by gun shots at a local park. Where children-our children run, play hide and seek and dream. On this day mothers, grandmothers, fathers, and family members alike will go to the hospital and join the club no one wants to be a part of Gun Violence Victims and Survivors. Enough is Enough. We have the power to end Gun Violence. The name ‘Aurora, Colorado’ already conjures up painful memories for the nation. It is egregious that our community has been wounded again. It calls out for action. We must be moved beyond paralyzation to act, vote and end gun violence in this lifetime. No more mass shootings, suicides, homicides or unintentional shootings. Period. I am proud that my state legislature has worked hard to pass needed gun violence prevention laws. I look forward to working with them to pass even more and I demand that my federal government follow their lead. The House of Representatives passed a common-sense and bipartisan bill to expand and strengthen Brady background checks. We need this bill to become law at once. Every day, more Americans die. It is unacceptable.”
Team ENOUGH Executive Councilmember and Colorado resident Kaylee Tyner shared:
“As a young person from Colorado, I have seen countless headlines showcasing the heartbreaking realities of gun violence across my state and our diverse communities. Young people like myself have continued to bear the toll of this violence--a phenomenon that has increased since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the inaction to address this epidemic, 1,375 people aged 17 or under died from gun violence in 2020, a steep increase above 2019, and a total that 2021 is on track to exceed. From the trauma of active shooter drills to the lived reality that our schools, our shopping malls, our movie theaters, and even our parks are not safe from the threat of gun violence, older generations have failed to keep us safe. We cannot wait any longer for action. We demand that the federal government pass common-sense and comprehensive gun violence legislation now. Furthermore, in order to do so, we must face the fact that ending the filibuster will be one of the key ways to passing legislation that will prevent a future scarred by more acts of gun violence. We need these life-saving measures now; it is already too late for my generation, but we have the power to create a safer country for those behind us.”
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.