Washington, D.C., November 22, 2021 - Following the announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice will pay nearly $130 million to survivors and families of victims of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Brady reiterates the need to support survivors and victims of shootings as well as the continued need for action to prevent gun violence in the first place. Victims and survivors face years of physical and emotional pain, long after visible scars from gun violence have disappeared. As this settlement shows, the only way to stop this pain is to prevent violence from occurring in the first place, a charge that elected officials at every level of government must take seriously and prioritize.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“There is no amount of money that can bring back a life. The survivors and families of victims of the Parkland shooting will spend a national holiday centered around family and giving thanks this week without loved ones and friends who should be here. This settlement recognizes that there is a need and ability to stop gun violence. We need legislative action to help prevent future such tragedies. We need Congress to act, that includes the Senate taking up and passing the two common-sense gun violence prevention bills that the House of Representatives passed earlier this year but have not moved forward because of the 60-vote threshold imposed by the procedural filibuster. Today’s announcement should be a reminder for all elected officials that we cannot let arbitrary barriers like the filibuster stop life-saving action. The survivors and families of victims know this viscerally. We must listen to their voices and continue to support them as they work to heal from this tragedy.”
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.