Following the mass shooting in Indianapolis at a FedEx facility, the Senate can no longer delay passing the bipartisan gun violence prevention bills sent by the House and the lifesaving reforms and funding proposed by President Biden.
Washington, D.C., April 16, 2021 - Following the mass shooting in Indianapolis at a FedEx facility, Brady reiterates the call for common-sense gun violence prevention action. This shooting follows a week of high-profile shootings and violence, from the police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Minneapolis to the footage released of the police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago while he had his arms raised, to just released dash cam footage of an individual wounding three police officers after opening fire with an AK-47 in Georgia - America’s gun violence epidemic is on full display this week.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“America woke up again today to news of yet another mass shooting. That today is also 14 years since the mass shooting at Virginia Tech underscores how long Americans have waited for life-saving change and how badly many of our political leaders have failed us. Indiana’s permissive gun laws are similarly at fault. In fact, Indiana law prevents employers from keeping guns off their premises, threatening worker safety and workplaces like the FedEx facility from last night.
The violence that has captured the news, as well as the daily violence we know has occurred but does not get the same attention, underscores how much work remains to be done in our country. Tomorrow will also mark eight years since Mitch McConnell and a small number of Senators utilized the procedural filibuster to prevent the passage of new gun legislation following the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Congress cannot fail again. Now is not the time for half measures or debate. Now is the time for meaningful action. They must pass the reforms and funding that President Biden has proposed, and the Senate can no longer delay passing the three common-sense and bipartisan bills sent by the House of Representatives another day. We need action.
I’m about to jump onto a press event for today’s 14th anniversary of the gun massacre at Virginia Tech, my alma mater.— Kris Brown | President, bradyunited.org (@KrisB_Brown) April 16, 2021
It’s profoundly tragic that we will now have to open this event addressing news of a massacre last night in Indiana. This cannot go on. #TheTimeIsNow @bradybuzz
Founder of Orange Ribbons for Gun Safety Fred Guttenberg shared:
“My name is Fred Guttenberg. I am the father of Jesse and Jaime Guttenberg. I am a father who deals with the reality of gun violence every day as my daughter was murdered in the Parkland school shooting. I am also a former business owner having owned multiple Dunkin Donuts franchises. Sadly, the epidemic of gun violence is now a reality for business, big and small, to have to deal with. The indirect and direct costs to business can no longer be ignored by the business community. As a business owner and as a victim of gun violence, along with Brady, I hope to engage corporate America in a conversation on how to reduce the risk of gun violence to their employees and customers and how to reduce the cost of gun violence to the organization. The time to act is now.”
About the Shooting in Indianapolis:
Last night, at approximately 11:00 pm local time, Indianapolis police responded to an active shooter situation at a FedEx facility. While details continue to emerge, police have confirmed that eight people were shot and killed and there are reports of multiple others injured. The alleged gunman has taken his own life.
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.