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Moulton Earns Support of Brady United, Leading and Oldest National Gun Violence Prevention Organization

Jan 04, 2020 10:00AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Brady United is the organization founded by and named for former Reagan White House Press Secretary Jim Brady and gun violence prevention advocate Sarah Brady. In 1981, when John Hinkley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, Jim Brady was struck by a bullet and paralyzed. According to the organization’s website, Brady United has grown into America’s “oldest and boldest” gun violence prevention organization.

WASHINGTON—Brady United, America’s oldest gun violence prevention organization, has endorsed Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) for his work in Congress to protect Americans from gun violence. 
 
“I’ve carried guns. Guns have saved my life. But the weapons I carried in combat have no place in our communities. We deserve better than a government full of people who see mass shooting after shooting and fail to find the moral courage to protect us from gun violence,” Moulton said. “Since day one in Congress, I’ve promised to fight for what’s right at all costs. That means fighting with all we’ve got for a safer, stronger America where people don’t have to fear gun violence. I won’t stop until we get there. I’m honored to receive Brady United’s endorsement.”
 
In addition to Moulton, the group endorsed 9 other veterans who serve in Congress or are seeking a seat in Congress. 
 
Brady President Kris Brown said in a press release: “The men and women who serve in our armed forces understand sacrifice. They understand partnership. And, they understand the responsibility required to own and handle a firearm. The 10 members of Congress, all veterans, who we endorsed today have proven that. In their time in Congress, they have shown all these qualities, working tirelessly on behalf of their constituents and across the aisle to address gun violence in their districts and across our country. They understand that we need common-sense reforms to keep weapons out of the hands of those who cannot responsibly use them and to keep weapons of war out of our communities. It’s why we need to send them back to Washington. We need their perspective. We need their voices. And, we need their leadership.”
 
Moulton, a Marine veteran, is deeply familiar with the effects of gun violence. He’s a leading member of the House of Representatives’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, which was formed in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Moulton regularly joins with the chair of the group, fellow veteran Rep. Mike Thompson, to speak about his experience using guns in war and to advocate for legislation that addresses gun violence.  
 
This year, after Democrats took control of the House, Moulton joined with the House’s leadership to pass a comprehensive plan to address gun violence. Moulton was an original cosponsor of HR 8, which cleared the House and would require background checks for nearly all gun sales if signed into law. Moulton has also co-sponsored legislation that would limit magazine capacities, ban assault rifles, outlaw modifications that change a gun’s rate of fire, allow police officers to secure firearms that belong to people struggling with mental illness, and protect the spouses, children and partners of abusive gun owners. 
 
Many of these bills are among the nearly 300 pieces of legislation the House has passed with bipartisan support this year that are languishing in the Senate because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refuses to bring them up for a vote. 
 
“While we can’t force Senator McConnell to give H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112 the votes they deserve in the Senate, what we can do is vote for candidates who will continue to champion these issues in the United States Congress. We need these members’ voices and their leadership in Washington,” Brown said. 
 
After the 2017 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Moulton worked with Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Republican from Florida, to write and co-introduce a bill to ban bumpstocks, a modification to the stock of a rifle that allows gun owners to circumvent gun laws by converting the rate of fire for a legal semi-automatic rifle to fully-automatic. The man who perpetrated the Route 91 shooting used a bump stock to kill 51 Americans. Videos taken by concert goers at that shooting showed that the man who perpetrated it was able to fire 90 bullets in the span of 10 seconds. It’s been illegal to possess a fully-automatic weapon in America since 1986. The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
 
At the time, Moulton’s legislation was the most bipartisan gun reform proposal in Congress. After the bill’s introduction and because of public pressure in the days that followed the incident, the president issued an executive order making bump stocks illegal. Moulton reintroduced his bill in 2019 and called on Congress to pass it in order to permanently ban bump stocks so future presidents cannot cave to pressure from the NRA and rescind the executive order. 
 
Moulton has used his unique position as a veteran who has seen the effects on gun violence in combat to give his party credibility on gun issues. After the ISIS-inspired mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Moulton wrote an op-ed for The New York Daily News calling on his colleagues to show moral courage and pass an assault rifle ban and other policies that would protect Americans from gun violence. 

He said then that most members of Congress know Americans support action on guns, and “they know that something is wrong in our country when massive murder sprees become routine. They simply lack the political courage to do something about it.” 
 
In the wake of these moments where America’s leaders failed to find the moral courage to do what’s right, Moulton formed the Serve America PAC. The PAC’s mission is to send leaders to Washington who have served the country in the military, in the intelligence community, as diplomats, and in national service programs that instill moral courage and leadership. In 2016, the Serve America PAC helped flip the House—18 of the candidates who turned red seats blue were supported by Serve America. 

Specifically, Moulton has co-sponsored the following proposals to protect Americans from gun violence: 
1. H.R.4594 — Bumpstocks and Acceleration Devices Act
Sponsor: Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6] 
 
2. H.R.1115 — Firearm Safety Act of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2] 
 
3. H.R.4116 — Prevent Gun Trafficking Act
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2] 
 
4. H.R.1116 — Keeping Guns from High-Risk Individuals Act
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2] 
 
5. H.R.3553 — Untraceable Firearms Act of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] 
 
6. H.Res.391 — Supporting the goals and ideals of National Gun Violence Awareness Weekend and National Gun Violence Awareness Month.
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2] 
 
7. H.R.8 — Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] 
This bill has passed the House. 
 
8. H.R.674 — Gun Violence Prevention Research Act of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] 
 
9. H.R.1454 — COOL OFF Act
Sponsor: Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8]
 
10. H.R.511 — Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act
Sponsor: Rep. Brown, Anthony G. [D-MD-4] 
 
11. H.R.2708 — Disarm Hate Act
Sponsor: Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] 
 
12. H.Res.231 — Keeping guns out of classrooms.
Sponsor: Rep. Hayes, Jahana [D-CT-5] 
 
13. H.R.1114 — To require the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service to submit to Congress an annual report on the effects of gun violence on public health.
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2] 
 
14. H.R.2585 — Resources for Victims of Gun Violence Act of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-3] 
 
15. H.R.1705 — Jaime's Law
Sponsor: Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23]
 
16. H.R.1236 — Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24] 
 
17. H.R.3076 — Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. McBath, Lucy [D-GA-6] 
 
18. H.R.569 — Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. Dingell, Debbie [D-MI-12]
 
19. H.R.1296 — Assault Weapons Ban of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] 
 
20. H.R.1186 — Keep Americans Safe Act
Sponsor: Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22] 

21. H.R.1309 — Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act
Sponsor: Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2] 
This bill has passed in the House. 
 
22. H.R.1585 — Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37] 
This bill has passed in the House.
 
ABOUT BRADY UNITED
Brady United is the organization founded by and named for former Reagan White House Press Secretary Jim Brady and gun violence prevention advocate Sarah Brady. In 1981, when John Hinkley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, Jim Brady was struck by a bullet and paralyzed. According to the organization’s website, Brady United has grown into America’s “oldest and boldest” gun violence prevention organization.
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