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Leaders of democracy and social justice organizations unite to warn that if we fail to investigate the greatest threat to democracy in modern times, then we are doomed to repeat it.

A crowd of Trump supporters marching on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, ultimately leading to the building being breached and several deaths. (Source: TapTheForwardAssist, Wikimedia Commons, image cropped.)

Jenna Ben-Yehuda is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Truman National Security Project and the Truman Center for National Policy
Kris Brown is the President of Brady
Hilary Shelton is the Director of the Washington Bureau & the Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Eileen Hershenov is the Senior Vice President, Policy at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Chelsea Parsons is the vice president of Gun Violence Prevention at the Center for American Progress (CAP)

In some ways, the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol is a…

A personal Father’s Day plea from Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter, Jaime, was killed in the Parkland shooting.

In my 25 years of taking the gun industry to court, I’ve seen how gun dealers have been able to get away with violating the law for years. And I’ve seen how real people often are killed as a result.

By Jonathan Lowy, Vice President and Chief Counsel, Brady

A USA Today article recently exposed in detail the disturbing truth about what gun dealers in America are allowed to get away with. The article used a trove of thousands of documents Brady obtained through FOIA requests and litigation regarding ATF inspections of federally-licensed gun dealers. …

By Sophia Young, Research Associate, Brady

It’s been over a year since the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic and cities and states began implementing stay-at-home orders across the country. Since then, we’ve experienced so many abnormalities that “unprecedented” was named the People’s Choice 2020 Word of the Year by users. One of those abnormalities — the unparalleled surge in gun sales — gained significant media attention in particular throughout 2020.

It began in mid-March with long lines outside gun stores paralleling those for toilet paper outside of grocery stores, as uncertainty about the coronavirus pandemic and…

Image provided by Andy Feliciotti via Unsplash

On January 6, 2021, our nation watched in horror as a mob of violent rioters stormed the United States Capitol, smashing windows, destroying property, and hitting police officers with lead pipes. As a result of the rioting, five people died, including a capitol police officer who was hit with a fire extinguisher. And the violence could have been far worse: their intent was to overthrow the election and assassinate the Vice President and other political leaders.

Gun violence prevention advocates have warned for years of the increasing danger of gun extremism across the country. These concerns, fueled by rhetoric from…

By Sophia Young, Research Associate, Brady

Early in the pandemic, as suicide and crisis helplines reported spikes in calls, experts warned that isolation, economic uncertainty, and increasing unemployment rates could pose a heightened risk to millions of Americans living with mental illness. In Los Angeles, calls to a suicide prevention hotline soared between February and March of 2020. In New York City, calls to the support line, NYC Well, increased by 50% as COVID-19 forced people to shelter in place. These trends were not unique to big cities.

White men wearing Hawaiian shirts and igloo emblem are the face of the “boogaloo” movement: an extremist, pro-gun subculture aligned with the far-right and white nationalists.

By Kris Brown, President of Brady

Racist, right-wing, pro-gun, anti-government extremist propaganda encouraging the use of firearms to threaten violence and insurrection is showing up in protests across the country. Who are these men bearing arms and wearing funny luau and igloo symbols? What drives their violent threats?

They call themselves boogaloo bois (pronounced “boys”).

Despite their innocuous-seeming dress and symbolism, the threats they pose — and mobilize upon, by arming themselves with firearms to promote violent insurrection and a race war — are deadly. In May, a purported boogaloo proponent decided to take advantage of protests against police to…

By Robert Disney, Brady Director of Grassroots Local and State Chapter Relations

Robert Disney and his family at a Brady rally for Pride month in 2018

Fifty-one years ago, most of the nation took no notice of five nights of riots in front of Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, NY. These riots broke out after the police raided a gay bar where patrons were merely living openly as their true selves. While police raids of gay bars were frequent in the 1960s on this night and nights to follow patrons decided to fight back, following the lead of trans and gender non-conforming women of color — most notably Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

We must confront the systemic racism that drives police violence and gun violence as a whole.

Activists from BYP100, (Black Youth Project 100), at a June 2016 rally and speakout against gun violence.

We join Americans across the country in expressing outrage at the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent state-sponsored violence against those seeking accountability in his name.

Although a gun was not used to murder George Floyd, we must recognize that police violence is inextricably linked to gun violence.

Police violence is gun violence.

While the officer who was filmed killing George Floyd has now been arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter, we underscore the need to confront the systemic racism that drives police violence and gun violence as a whole. We also uplift the activists from the Minneapolis-St…

Please, do not call it shocking.

By Kelly Sampson, Counsel of Constitutional Litigation, Legal Alliance, and Racial Justice at Brady Legal

Ahmaud Arbery’s murder is on tape. I will not be watching it. I don’t need to see yet another Black person executed. I’ve already seen enough of this to last a lifetime. Laura and L.D. Nelson hanging by their necks from a bridge. Martin Luther King Jr.’s body on the balcony. Emmett Till bludgeoned in his casket. Ahmaud Arbery’s execution is disgusting, infuriating, and evil — but it is not “shocking.”


We’re uniting Americans from coast to coast, red and blue and every color, to end gun violence.

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