Washington D.C., September 14, 2017 — Brady Campaign co-president Kris Brown issued the following statement after House Republicans moved H.R. 3668: the SHARE Act out of committee. The package has several bad gun safety provisions including the so-called Hearing Protection Act to roll back existing ATF regulations that have effectively kept silencers out of dangerous and prohibited hands for more than 80 years.
"Our kids are just back to school, and many started their first week with mandatory active shooter drills. As a mom, I find it sad and ironic that Congress started its week back after August recess with consideration of a bill which would make it harder to detect shootings once they start. This is not just speculation. We know that silencers suppress the sound of gunfire and that hearing the gunfire can make a significant difference in rapid response times. Yesterday's shooting at a Spokane high school ended within a minute because students scattered and a courageous employee rushed to the scene to intervene as the booming sound of gunfire reverberated throughout the building."
"Law enforcement and military experts have told the American people and Congress they oppose this bill, and that there are very effective hearing protection devices already available on the open market. Keeping guns out of dangerous hands and stopping school shootings, ambushes of police and other mass shootings before they can start is the priority for the American people--not making it harder to detect a shooting once it starts. A vote for the SHARE Act is a vote for gun industry profits over the lives of law enforcement and innocent people. Anyone who votes for this bill with these gun provisions needs to understand exactly what they are doing, and we won't let them forget it."
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.