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Statement by Brady President Helmke on Mexico President Calderon's Plea

WASHINGTON - Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,
issued this statement today in response to Mexican President Felipe
Calderon’s challenge to a joint meeting of Congress Thursday, May 20:

“When Mexican President Felipe Calderon asked a packed chamber of Congress to ‘consider reinstating the assault weapons
ban’ to choke off the supply of these weapons to criminals, he spoke
not only for the people of Mexico who have endured merciless violence
because of our weak gun laws, but also for the tens of thousands of Americans who are killed and injured every year from gunfire.”

“When
President Calderon spoke, he did so with moral urgency and poked a
finger in the eye of bloodthirsty drug cartels that have shown they are
willing to kill high government officials for their profits. We hope
that President Obama and Congress will demonstrate a similar profile in
courage by adopting new restrictions on military-style assault weapons
to replace those that expired in 2004.”

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