Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

There are only a few days left in our critical Mid-Year Campaign and we truly might not make it without your help.
Please join us. If you rely on independent media, support Common Dreams today. This is crunch time. We need you now.

Join the small group of generous readers who donate, keeping Common Dreams free for millions of people each year. Without your help, we won’t survive.

For Immediate Release

Press Release

Brady Campaign President To Attend State of the Union With Brother Who Inspired His Activism

WASHINGTON -

Brady Campaign President Dan Gross will be attending the State of the Union address along with his brother Matt, whose own experience with gun violence inspired his activism.  Matt Gross was shot and severely wounded while visiting the Empire State Building in 1997.  His friend was tragically shot and killed in that same incident.

“Gun violence touches hundreds of families in America, every single day.  And every day I am reminded of the tragic impact it can have not only on the victims, but on everyone around them.  My brother was shot, and his best friend killed, simply for visiting the Empire State Building,” said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign.  “So tonight, my brother and I together will be listening to President Obama speak.  We expect that he will reaffirm his commitment to seeing real change to our gun laws, so that hopefully one day I can look my brother in the eye and tell him we made a difference.”  

Dan Gross is attending as the guest of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NYC), and Matt Gross is the guest of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).  They are attending as part of an effort organized by several members of Congress who have recruited victims of gun violence, to attend the speech as their guest.

As the President of the Brady Campaign, Dan Gross has been working closely with the White House and with Congress to consider the comprehensive set of recommendations put forth by President Obama.  The Brady Campaign represents the millions of Americans who have spoken up and demanded action in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, CT.  The Brady Campaign delivered petitions with almost 35,000 signatures, collected in just 48 hours, directed at the Senate Judiciary Committee members, imploring them to continue their work in moving legislation. 

"We are attending the speech tonight as a family touched by violence, and as Americans who care about the future of our country. But now is the time for all Americans, whether personally touched by gun violence or not, to stand up and call for action.  Because now it’s up to us and only we can make it happen."

###

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.

Watching US With Horror, European Groups Push Leaders to Strengthen Abortion Rights

"This is an important moment for leaders across Europe who are committed to reproductive rights to lead by example and galvanize action in their own countries," said one campaigner.

Jake Johnson ·


Progressive Delia Ramirez Defeats Billionaire PAC Money to Win Illinois Primary

"Billionaires and their super PACs are spending millions to defeat progressive candidates," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, who endorsed Ramirez. "They have the money, but we've got the people."

Jake Johnson ·


'Witness Intimidation. Clear as Day': Jan. 6 Panel Teases Evidence of Cover-Up Effort

"Add witness tampering to the laundry list of crimes Trump and his allies must be charged with," said professor Robert Reich.

Jessica Corbett ·


'Bombshell After Bombshell' Dropped as Jan. 6 Testimony Homes In On Trump Guilt

"Hutchinson's testimony of the deeply detailed plans of January 6 and the inaction of those in the White House in response to the violence show just how close we came to a coup," said one pro-democracy organizer.

Brett Wilkins ·


Mark Meadows 'Did Seek That Pardon, Yes Ma'am,' Hutchinson Testifies

The former aide confirmed that attorney Rudy Giuliani also sought a presidential pardon related to the January 6 attack.

Jessica Corbett ·

Common Dreams Logo