Washington, D.C., April 19, 2021 - Following high profile and successive mass shootings since the high profile mass shooting in Indianapolis, Brady calls for immediate action to prevent gun violence. The many forms of gun violence were prominently displayed over the last four days. It is past time for action to stop the crisis that kills over 100 people every day.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“In the three days since our nation awoke to news of a mass shooting in an Indianapolis FedEx facility, we have watched back-to-back mass shootings in Columbus, Ohio, in Austin, Texas, in Kenosha, Wisconsin and in Shreveport, Louisiana, dominate headlines. Smaller-scale shootings such as those in an Omaha mall, numerous shootings in Chicago, and a shooting in a bar in Los Angeles, have similarly claimed lives and shattered communities. In short, it was another weekend in the United States of America.
Gun violence in all of its forms has been prominently on display in recent weeks. By some measures, there have been over 50 mass shootings since the shootings in Atlanta put the conversation about gun violence and anti-Asian hate in the forefront of the headlines. However, mass shootings are far from the only type of gun violence. Nearly 13,000 people have already died from gun violence this year. The recent spate of high-profile shootings have occurred against the backdrop of high-profile incidents of police violence. The police shootings of Duane Wright and the release of the video of the shooting of Adam Toledo have re-traumatized Black and Brown Americans who are more likely to be shot or harassed by police anywhere and everywhere in this country. Police are more than two times more likely to kill Black Americans than white Americans. Police violence is gun violence and we cannot be silent when the communities already disproportionately affected by gun violence are similarly traumatized by police violence.
This confluence of events must be a call to action for our political leaders. We need decisive change, now. The cost of political inaction on preventing gun violence is tragically clear.”
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.