Twenty-two years ago today the Brady Bill, a landmark gun safety measure that requires background checks for handgun purchases, was signed into law. Not so long ago, American leaders from Ted Kennedy to Ronald Reagan recognized the need for commonsense measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists, and the mentally unstable.
Fast forward to today.
Just days after a horrific attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado and amid an ongoing conversation on gun violence across the country, Republicans running for president continue to oppose responsible gun safety measures that a majority of Americans support. Instead, leading Republican hopefuls are in a competition to see who can be the most irresponsible and out of touch when it comes to keeping our communities safe.
Ben Carson and Chris Christie oppose national measures to prevent people on the terrorist watch list from acquiring guns.
Jeb Bush said that “the federal government shouldn’t be involved in gun laws.”
Ted Cruz claims that the widely-maligned gun show loophole simply “doesn’t exist.”
“While the entire country looks for solutions in the wake of yet another act of preventable gun violence, Republican presidential candidates continue to demonstrate just how out of touch they truly are. Instead of offering substantive solutions to address our nation’s epidemic of gun violence, today’s Republicans are more interested in peddling a tired ideology than in preventing the deaths of more than 10,000 Americans who are killed by gun violence every single year. As President Obama noted, ‘enough is enough.’” – Michael Tyler, DNC Spokesperson