Washington, D.C., December 2, 2021 - Today, Brady applauds Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy for calling on the U.S. Senate to pass H.R. 8, a bill expanding and strengthening Brady background checks, by unanimous consent. Sen. Murphy’s righteous call to action responds to the recent mass shooting at Oxford High School in Oakland, Michigan and the hundreds of other shootings nationwide since that have not attracted the same level of attention. While the Senate failed to pass this bill, Sen. Murphy’s demand is a reminder that our federal government can and must act to stop this uniquely American epidemic.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“Today, Brady thanks Sen. Chris Murphy for his moral leadership in demanding action to stop gun violence. Over 100 people die from this epidemic every day in our country and more than 2 times that number of individuals are wounded. That we accept this reality and that our federal government has not acted after four teenagers were killed in their school this week is a national embarrassment and shame. We are the only industrialized nation that accepts this level of violence. We are the only country in the world where students are trained to expect and fear shootings in their schools. And, we are the only country where this violence occurs so frequently, particularly in Black and Brown communities, that it no longer even breaks through the news cycle.
While H.R. 8 alone will not stop this crisis, we know that it will help stop the violence. Background checks work. They are common-sense, part of why over 80 percent of voters, including 77 percent of Republicans, support expanding background checks. We need this bill and it is far past time for the Senate to pass it just as the House of Representatives did in March.”
About H.R. 8:
The Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2021, H.R. 8, makes it unlawful to sell or transfer a firearm in any transaction without a Brady Background Check. This bill expands the current Brady Law to every sale or transfer in private sales, subject to the narrow exceptions. H.R. 8 was introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) on March 2, 2021 and passed by the House of Representatives by a bipartisan majority on March 11, 2021.
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.