What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

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We certainly have much to be thankful for this year. Our children, our families. Our remarkable team here at Brady, working day in and day out because they believe in our mission and know they’re making a difference.

But we also know that for far too many Americans, this Thanksgiving will be a difficult one. Some will be amongst the 342 people shot every day in America, recovering from their injuries and piecing their lives back together. Some will have escaped being shot themselves, still struggling with survivors’ guilt and wondering why they should be so lucky. And far too many families will be sitting down to a table missing a loved one who was one of the 96 people shot and killed in our country every day.

It’s for these families that we at the Brady Campaign do what we do each and every day. It’s why we fight for common sense solutions to end gun violence, steps supported by the vast majority of Americans that have yet to be put into action by our elected officials. It’s why we work in communities across the country to build trusting relationships to tackle the gun violence they deal with every single day. It’s why we collaborate with gun owners, veterans, and pediatricians to end family fire in our country, working to put an end to the eight children and teens unintentionally injured or killed every day by an improperly stored gun.

And so, we are grateful most of all to you, our tremendous supporters. None of our work would be possible without your generous support. From the hours you spent making phone calls and knocking on doors to ensure a pro-gun safety Congress, to the donation you made to help us bring students from Florida to Washington for the March for Our Lives, to the petition you shared with your social media networks to spread the word about our latest efforts, we couldn’t do any of this without you.

We hope that you and your family have a warm and peaceful Thanksgiving. And for those with an empty seat at their table, we promise you that we will continue to press on for you and your loved ones, so that no family is left to feel the pain of a bullet. May we all look forward to the day when we can all be thankful to have our health, our friends and family, and the peace of a violence-free community at last.

Post by: Avery Gardiner & Kris Brown, Co-Presidents, Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Keep Your Family Safe this Holiday Season and End Family Fire

As the holiday season approaches, and homes begin to fill with family and friends from near and far, it’s important to be mindful and take precautions to keep your home safe. With 8 children and teens injured or killed each day as a result of Family Fire, a shooting involving an improperly stored or misused gun, it’s critical to remember and practice safe storage practices. Below are some tips for preparing your home this holiday season which can help put an end to Family Fire.

Always practice safe storage, especially with guests in town.

Always store guns securely and out of children’s reach. From gun locks to safes, there’s a range of effective solutions best suited for both gun and home. Since holidays tend to bring more children into the home, consider storing your ammunition separately from the gun, which can reduce the risk of family fire by up to 61%. Don’t be afraid to remind your loved ones to practice safe storage as well.

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Remember, holidays aren’t easy for everyone. Some loved ones may be struggling.

Holidays can bring abundant cheer, but can also be a difficult time for those suffering from a recent loss, depression or other mental health issues. If you feel a family member may pose a danger to themselves or others, consider removing guns from the home and storing them safely off premise.

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Conversations around gun safety can often take a political and divisive turn, but they don’t have to! Here are some tips on how to best navigate this type of conversation:

  1. Establish common ground: both gun owners and non-gun owners can be gun violence prevention supporters and agree that safe storage is a critical aspect of responsible gun ownership. Consider beginning the conversation by asking your loved ones if they are firearm owners, and if so, what safe storage methods they practice.
  2. Practice active listening: in order to have an effective conversation, you’ll need to practice active listening. While someone else is speaking, try to not focus on preparing your next response, but instead concentrate on what the other person is saying so you can better understand their point of view. Use active listening techniques such as making eye contact with the speaker, paraphrasing what they’ve said and asking follow up questions. These techniques let the other person know that you are fully engaged in the conversation and committed to hearing their opinion.
  3. Be inclusive of others: try to not let a few select people dominate the conversation. Be inclusive and let each person present have a chance to weigh in on the subject.
  4. Avoid getting angry: difficult conversations can often times become very emotional. Avoid derailing the conversation by making accusations or judgments of others, and instead remain empathetic and open-minded. If you do get upset, acknowledge your feelings to the group and explain why you feel as you do.
  5. Know when to wrap it up: if tensions start to rise, or interest in the topic begins to wane, it’s time to wrap things up. Try to end the conversation on a positive note by summarizing the common ground you’ve achieved and what positive actions can be taken next.

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Continue the conversation after the holidays and talk with your community about the importance of gun safety.

Having regular conversations about gun safety with those close to you reduces the chance of family fire incidents. If you’re a gun owner, help put an end to family fire by educating friends, family, and members of your community on responsible gun ownership. Visit https://endfamilyfire.org/ to learn how you can help put an end to Family Fire.

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Post by: Meagan Hutcheon, Social Change Program Manager, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

The Connection Between Gun Deaths and Suicide


I had just finished up my first week working at Brady. I was out with new friends, celebrating a summer night in DC on a rooftop somewhere downtown. We were dressed like the young professionals we aspired to be, gossiping about our respective office drama and politics, making plans for the weeks to come, and brushing off any fears that our upcoming senior years would be anything but an exhilarating end to our college years akin to the movies. We were planning for a future we assumed was an absolute. 

Two More U.S. Representatives Earn Passing Grades on Our Report Cards

Team Enough recently scored everyone in the U.S. Congress based on their support or lack thereof for bills that would require universal background checks for every gun sale, ban assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, and establish “extreme risk” laws that help keep guns temporarily away from someone who is a threat to themselves or others. 

Thank you to Sherman and Gutierrez for signing on in July to cosponsor H.R. 2598, a life-saving bill that would help families and law enforcement temporarily remove guns from a situation where someone is in crisis.  Earlier the representatives confirmed their support of bills that would ban assault weapons and expand background checks.

These two members of Congress have moved from earning incomplete grades to passing ones—how do your representatives score? So far, only 12 senators and 24 representatives have earned passing grades. Look up their grades on gun reform now, and let them know that you support common-sense gun reform.