Washington, D.C., August 3, 2019 — At least 22 people have been injured in a shooting at a shopping center in El Paso, Texas, while many were preparing for back to school. Police have not yet confirmed the total number of individuals injured or killed, but have reported multiple fatalities. The gun violence prevention organization Brady expressed outrage at yet another mass shooting in America. Brady further urged law enforcement and media to focus on how the shooter obtained the firearms and if any local or federal laws were broken in the process.
Brady President Kris Brown stated,
“The fact that gun violence is not being talked about publicly every single day in America is unacceptable. Our children aren’t safe in our schools, and they’re not even safe preparing to return to school!
How many more people in America must be killed before we address gun violence as the public health epidemic it is? Within the past week, we’ve seen deadly shootings from Brownsville, Brooklyn, to Gilroy, California, not to mention the 100 people who are killed by guns every single day in this country. Brady knows there are common-sense solutions to end gun violence. And if we can’t change the laws, we can change the lawmakers.
Even if Congress does not act, there is substantial power in the Presidency to address this issue and protect people across the country. For all Americans, make no mistake, we must vote in every election leading to and including 2020 as if our lives are on the line—because they are. Gun owners and non-gun owners need to make their voices heard and demand that every community is free from gun violence.”
Every year, more than 3,000 Texans are killed by guns and even more are wounded. That’s one person killed every three hours, and yet Texas lacks even the most basic policies to prevent gun violence. Regulations of assault weapons, extreme risk protection orders, and an expanded background check system are all gun safety measures that state officials have refused to implement. Texas also has no licensing or registration requirements, nor any limit on how many firearms can be purchased at one time.
Brady is thankful and thinking of local leaders like Texas Gun Sense amidst this horrific news. Members of the El Paso community impacted by this tragedy can contact Give an Hour, a network of therapists who will provide free help to survivors. The organization, founded originally to reach out to combat veterans returning from war, has expanded its services to include victims of gun violence in the United States, who suffer many of the same post-traumatic issues as our veterans returning from combat.
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.