WASHINGTON -- Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement about the announcement that the District of Columbia voting rights bill and the associated amendment to eliminate virtually all of D.C.'s gun laws would not move forward to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives:
"Trading away the District's sensible, Constitutional gun laws in exchange for a voting seat in the U.S. House would have been bad policy and bad politics, and I'm glad Congress has rejected this Faustian bargain.
"Yesterday, the gun lobby couldn't convince more than a few hundred people in the entire country to come to Washington for its gun rallies, and today, the people of D.C. reaffirmed that they will stand up to the gun lobby bullies and fight for strong gun laws. Congress should stop trying to weaken the District's gun laws and work to enact strong national legislation to make it harder for dangerous people to get guns, along with a fair, clean bill that gives D.C.'s citizens full representation in Congress."
As the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, works to enact and enforce sensible gun laws, regulations and public policies. The Brady Campaign is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.