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Everytown for Gun Safety released the following statements in response to the passing of former White House Press Secretary and pioneer for gun safety James S. Brady today:
Michael R. Bloomberg
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Jim Brady tonight. Mr. Brady was a pioneering figure in the gun violence prevention community, with his tireless efforts to reform America’s gun laws ultimately leading to the 1993 passage of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. The law introduced a critically important national background check system that has since been responsible for saving untold numbers of American lives. Mr. Brady’s courage and dogged persistence in the face of great opposition continues to serve as a model for those fighting to keep Americans safe from the scourge of gun violence. His passion, conviction, and clarity of vision will be sorely missed.”
John Feinblatt, President of Everytown for Gun Safety
“Jim Brady’s advocacy for gun safety and the passage of the Brady background check law has undoubtedly saved countless lives. While there are still far too many illegal guns and senseless gun deaths, our nation is a better and safer place because of his work. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sarah and the entire Brady family.”
Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
“My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to Sarah and the entire Brady family today. Jim dedicated his life to ensuring that American families would be protected from experiencing the torment his family went through as a result of gun violence, an epidemic that continues to plague our country. Much work remains to ensure our most vulnerable citizens are protected from gun violence, but there’s no doubt that countless women and children are safer today because of James Brady’s courageous stand against the gun lobby.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs