Washington, D.C., February 27, 2020 - Last night, President Trump spoke to the mass shooting in Milwaukee that left five dead, stating:
“Earlier today, a wicked murderer opened fire at a Molson Coors Brewery Co. plant, taking the lives of five people...Our hearts break for them and their loved ones. We send our condolences.”
The American people are tired of broken hearts and condolences. Yesterday’s shooting, by some measures, is the 1,131 mass shooting since the President took office.
Today also marks one year since the passage of H.R.8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would expand federal, ‘Brady’ background checks to all private gun sales and most transfers, including those online and at gun shows.
Similarly, tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the passage of H.R.1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would address the loophole that allowed the gunman in the 2015 mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina to purchase the weapon used.
In the intervening year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not brought these bipartisan bills to a vote in the Senate. Approximately 36,400 people have died from gun violence in our country in that time.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“Today we are faced with the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in America. As President Obama said, this is a political choice. And, it is one that President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continue to make, inflicting this violence on the American people.
It is particularly poignant that today also marks the one-year anniversary of the passage of comprehensive and common-sense gun safety reform that has gone unaddressed in the Senate. There is no clearer example of the political calculus Senator McConnell and President Trump have made that allows them to ignore the 100 people killed by gun violence in our country every day. Shame on them.
President Trump and Senator McConnell can act any time they want to. They simply have chosen not to, allowing tens of thousands of Americans to die. Until then, their ‘condolences’ are hollow and insulting.”
Brady calls on Senator McConnell to bring H.R.8 and H.R.1112 to a vote in the U.S. Senate and for President Trump to immediately sign them.
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.