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For Immediate Release

Press Release

Brady President Responds to President Obama's State of the Union Address

“Gun Violence Destroyed Christina and Her Dreams”
WASHINGTON -

How can President Obama tell us that 'the dreams of a little girl in
Tucson are not so different than those of our own children, and that all
deserve the chance to be fulfilled,' without talking about the gun violence that destroyed those dreams?

"It
wasn't the lack of innovation, education or investment, or too many
regulations or too much debt that ended Christina's life and her dreams 
- it was a clearly dangerous man who had way too easy access to a gun
with a high capacity ammunition magazine
- good only for killing many people quickly. We need the president to
push for laws to reduce the gun violence that shattered Tucson, and
Christina's family, and that shatters the lives of more than 100,000
Americans every year." 

"President Obama tonight failed to
‘challenge old assumptions'on the need for, and political possibilities
of, reducing the gun violence - which he suggested should be done two
weeks ago in Tucson. He failed to recognize the power of our laws to set
us on a course to reduce gun violence. We are disappointed, but we're
also determined to continue our efforts to help make our nation safer by
pushing to strengthen our gun laws.  

"We need the president's
support now for changes in our laws to ban large capacity ammunition
magazines, to tighten restrictions on who can legally purchase a gun,
and to require effective background checks before these guns can be purchased.

"We're
calling on all Americans to contact the president and their members of
Congress; tell them to stand up to the gun lobby and pass the common
sense laws that will help keep us safer."

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Brady United

Brady United  formerly known as The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and its legislative and grassroots affiliate, the Brady Campaign and its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, is the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence.

We are devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.

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