This week, we celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the Brady Bill.
The Brady Bill was enacted after the assassination attempt on President Reagan. His press secretary James Brady was seriously wounded. He and his wife, Sarah, founded the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to provide protections for the public’s safety. The Brady Bill that passed in 1993 simply stated that an individual purchasing a gun had to pass a background check from a federal firearms dealer. Since the bill’s implementation, this bill has stopped more than 2.1 million attempts by prohibited buyers from purchasing guns.
Today the campaign is refocusing on closing the loopholes. The Internet and gun shows are not regulated, and anyone can get a gun. Without a federal law, one can purchase a gun in an unregulated state. A stat that is unacceptable: 31,000 people a year lose their lives to gun violence.
“Finish the Job” is the Brady theme. Write, call your representative, and tell them to support House Bill 1565 and Senate Bill 715. It is time for the silent majority to speak up. These bills need a vote.