Brady United Against Gun Violence
Crimes Against Humanity, Mass Shootings, Mass Violence
Brady, America’s oldest gun violence prevention group, is named for Jim Brady, who served as White House Press Secretary under President Reagan until a gunshot to the head during an assassination attempt on the president left him partially paralyzed for life. The “Brady Bill” was signed by President Clinton in 1993, after a seven-year battle in Congress, requiring Brady Background Checks on all handgun purchases from federally licensed firearm dealers. Though this legislature was a great victory, Brady’s fight to end gun violence didn’t stop there. The organization continues to advocate for victims of gun violence and push for common-sense gun laws at the state and federal level. The mission of Brady is to create a safer America by reducing gun violence 25% by 2025. Of the 32,000 people who die from gun violence in this country each year, how many could be saved? Brady has announced the bold goal to cut the number of U.S. gun deaths, based on an innovative and exciting strategy that centers on the idea of keeping guns out of the wrong hands through several impact-driven, broadly engaging campaigns: a policy focus to "Finish the Job" so that life-saving Brady background checks are applied to all gun sales; to "Stop 'Bad Apple' Gun Dealers" – the 5 percent of gun dealers that supply 90 percent of all crime guns; to lead a new national conversation and change social norms around the real dangers of guns in the home, to prevent the homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings that happen every day as a result; and calling on Congress to fund research on violence and evidence based violence prevention and intervention programs. Learn more about the Brady Plan here.