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