Hearing in House Judiciary Subcommittee features testimony of gun violence experts, survivors, and advocates
Washington, D.C., May 21, 2021 - Following a hearing in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on gun violence and mass shootings, Brady reiterates the call for immediate action to prevent gun violence in all of its forms. Yesterday’s hearing illustrated the myriad ways in which gun violence affects every American and damages the fabric of our nation.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“Yesterday’s hearing was a necessary spotlight on our nation’s on-going gun violence epidemic. Already this year over 16,000 people have died from gun violence in our country. The testimony from survivors like Fred Guttenberg and from experts like J. Adam Skaggs from Giffords Law Center and detailed the urgent need for Congress to act to address this epidemic that kills over 100 people a day. Their testimony showed the scope of this epidemic, from unintentional shootings to interpersonal violence, and to the mass shootings we so often see reported on in the news.
Brady thanks the Subcommittee, particularly Chairwoman Jackson Lee and Vice Chairwoman Bush, for ensuring that Congress hears from experts and those affected by gun violence. Their voices are now part of the congressional record forever, hopefully a historical document for future generations who are living free of gun violence - a future we can achieve if our leaders take action today.”
Today’s hearing featured testimony from:
The Honorable Vikki Goodwin, a Member of the House of Representatives, State of Texas
Michael E. Grady, a Senior Pastor, Prince of Peace Christian Fellowship
Fred Guttenberg, Author and Gun Safety Advocate
Dianna Muller, Founder of The DC Project
J. Adam Skaggs, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
In his testimony before the Subcommittee, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime Guttenberg was killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, shared the need to prevent gun violence in all of its forms. In his testimony, Guttenberg explained:
“[T]here is more that Congress can do to protect public safety without affecting the rights of law-abiding citizens. This body has now twice passed legislation to expand and strengthen background checks for gun sales. Congress should also expand background checks to cover ammunition sales. Jaime’s Law, named in honor of my daughter, would do just that, and prevent dangerous individuals from getting their hands on ammunition. It is not acceptable that so many lives are lost to gun violence in this country, and it doesn’t have to be this way. I urge you all to take action and save lives.”
Brady joins Guttenberg in the call for common-sense solutions that will save lives and urges the Subcommittee and all of Congress to act without delay to pass such legislation.
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.