Denver, Colorado, April 19, 2021 - Today, Brady announces the formation of a new chapter in Colorado as part of its nationwide commitment to end gun violence in all of its forms. This latest effort will leverage Brady’s nationwide footprint to catalyze the expertise and experience of advocates and concerned citizens in Colorado in pursuit of a common goal: stopping the violence that has killed 6,000 people in Colorado in the last decade. Brady Colorado will celebrate this newest effort with a Town Hall discussion on gun violence featuring local activists, Brady leadership and special guest U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper. More information on this town hall is available here: bit.ly/coloradokickoff
Brady Vice President of Organizing, survivor, and Colorado resident Maisha Fields shared:
“Today’s announcement is an important marker in the national effort to end gun violence. Colorado has faced some of the deadliest mass shootings in modern America. From the shooting at Columbine High School to the mass shooting in Aurora and the recent shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, our state is tired of living in fear for our lives while we go about our daily activities. This chapter will continue to work with all of the dedicated activists and survivors already advancing common-sense policies throughout the state. We look forward to a continued and increasing presence here in Colorado to join them in this fight.”
Wheat Ridge City Council Member and Brady Colorado State Lead Val Beck shared:
“The launch of Brady Colorado formalizes a years-long investment in lifesaving gun violence prevention policies and advocacy in our state. Together with other advocates and organizations who have pushed for change, we will pass life-saving legislation. Coloradans understand the need for common-sense gun laws. Coloradans have been impacted by gun violence and are ready to take action. With advocates, responsible and concerned gun owners, and with the support of Brady’s national presence, we will win this fight together.”
Team ENOUGH Executive Councilmember and Colorado resident Kaylee Tyner shared:
“Our generation has grown up traumatized by the constant reality of gun violence. From mass shootings in our communities, to active shooter drills in our schools and to the painful epidemic of gun suicide, we have seen enough. Colorado's communities have been scarred from this violence too many times. Too many lives have been lost and too many families have been torn apart by preventable violence. The time to act on gun reform is not tomorrow, it was yesterday. It is too late for my generation, but we must create a world free from gun violence for the next."
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.