Brady Responds To Remarks By President Biden
Brady released a new report and a webpage on the “Origin of an Insurrection: How Second Amendment Extremism Led to the January 6 Capitol Attack” as well as a social media toolkit.
The report focuses on the interplay between white supremacy and Second Amendment extremism, and two of our Brady grassroots chapters arose from that very intersection:
1. The Cleveland School Remembers/Brady Stockton Chapter – stemmed from the 1989 Cleveland Elementary School shooting in Stockton, CA, in which a white supremacist attacked Southeast Asian Refugees, killing 5 school children. Surviving teachers started the chapter. See more here: https://ca.bradyunited.org/
2. The Brady San Fernando Valley Chapter – stemmed from the 1999 shooting at the Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, CA that injured two of our Chapter members’ children and killed a postman. This incident was the impetus for the Million Mom March. See more here: https://ca.bradyunited.org/
The ideology behind these incidents – that gun holders have the right to go on the offensive against perceived threats, was very much alive on January 6, 2020 and it remains active today. We hope that you will read the report to understand why and learn how we can take action to stop it.
Brady’s new report, Origin of an Insurrection: How Second Amendment Extremism Led to the January 6 Capitol Attack contextualizes the 1/6 attack amid the decades-long extremist effort by the American gun lobby to push for an insurrectionist re-definition of the Second Amendment. The report provides policy recommendations for Congress and warns that in order to stem future violence, we must renounce Second Amendment extremism and address its many contributions to the nation’s epidemic of gun violence.
Check out the report: https://www.bradyunited.org/reports/january-6-gun-extremism
Brady Responds To Remarks By President Biden, Vice President Harris On Anniversary Of January 6 Insurrection
Brady joins President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in calling for immediate action to safeguard our democracy, including passing meaningful voting rights legislation, on the anniversary of the January 6, 2021 violent riot at the U.S. Capitol. This action must likewise include comprehensive gun violence prevention and gun safety reforms. The threat of armed extremism remains an existential threat to national security, public safety, and our democracy, as outlined in Brady’s report ‘Origin of an Insurrection: How Gun Extremism Led to January 6.’
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“This morning, President Biden and Vice President Harris called on Congress to band together and safeguard our democracy. This is our most urgent challenge. We must demand that Congress pass meaningful and comprehensive voting rights legislation to secure a truly democratic government that represents the will of all Americans and a country that meets our highest ideals rather than accepting injustice and division created by extremism and white supremacy. We must also demand that our leaders pass common-sense legislation to prevent armed extremism from threatening our democracy. As President Biden asked today, ‘Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm?’ The answer to this question must be no. Armed extremism is an existential threat to our democracy and our democratic processes – and did not begin or end with January 6. As FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress, ‘the problem of domestic terrorism has been metastasizing across the country for a long time now and it’s not going away anytime soon.’ We must confront this reality. Today’s anniversary is a wake up call to do so.”
About Brady’s Report on the January 6 Insurrection:
‘Origin of an Insurrection: How Gun Extremism Led to January 6,’ confronts how the common narrative around the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol frequently omits the role of Second Amendment extremism. This report traces how the “insurrectionist” construction of the Second Amendment, which falsely asserts that the right to keep and bear arms necessarily includes the right to take up arms against the government, has festered and taken hold in the mindset of popular culture, threatening public order and safety by fueling domestic extremism. This report sets out to examine the role U.S. gun culture and policy played in laying the foundation for January 6, and why it is necessary to address this reality head-on in order to prevent more violence and bloodshed in the years to come.
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