For Immediate Release

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Peter Hamm,
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Doug Pennington,
Assistant Director: 202-898-0792.

Statement on Fort Hood Tragedy

WASHINGTON - Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,
issued the following statement about the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas:

"Our
deepest sympathies go to the families who lost loved ones or are today
visiting them in the hospital.  Along with the rest of the country, we
wish the Fort Hood community a return to a secure and safe environment.

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"When
I heard of the tragedy yesterday, we were in the midst of planning a
response to the latest dangerous legislative proposal from the gun
lobby in the United States Senate - language to automatically restore
access to guns to veterans designated by the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs and the Justice Department as ‘mentally incapacitated'
or ‘mentally incompetent.'  In light of what happened yesterday - a
violent attack by an emotionally unstable soldier - it is even clearer
that the proposal being pushed by Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina should be rejected.

"America
has seen an epidemic of horrific gun violence at churches and
synagogues, workplaces, health clubs, high schools, universities,
police stations and now Army bases.  This latest tragedy, at a heavily
fortified army base, ought to convince more Americans to reject the
argument that the solution to gun violence is to arm more people with
more guns in more places.  Enough is enough."

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