Washington, D.C. – Brady Campaign President Dan Gross issued the following statement in response to the shooting and killing of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a concealed carry permit holder who was armed with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
“Make no mistake: This tragic shooting represents the National Rifle Association’s vision for America. The NRA's vision is an America that looks just like Florida, where it’s easy for criminals and dangerous people to get, carry, and use guns. The NRA wants us to be a nation without any gun laws, a nation where just about anybody can get a gun and take it anywhere. Their leaders and spokespeople use fear, paranoia and misleading notions of self-defense to justify flooding our streets with armed and violent people, and the result is more tragedies like Trayvon’s.
“Trayvon’s life has been lost not because of an accident, but because of the easy access to a gun by a violent person permitted by a state with weak gun laws. It is time we stand up to the NRA and the politicians who put the agenda of the gun lobby ahead of the safety of the people they have been elected to represent. It is time that we as a nation flatly reject the vision of the gun industry and replace it with the vision where our young people can grow up without the fear and tragedy of gun violence.”