Brady Campaign Says Washington Should Follow New York's Lead on Guns

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The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, one of the more prominent gun control advocacy groups in the country, is positively delighted with New York State’s new gun laws and is excited to see them spread in “other states and the federal government.”

Accordingly, the group’s president, Dan Gross, wrote an effusive letter to Albany’s legislative leaders to thank them all for “your hard work, quick action, and most of all – for your courage.”

Addressing Democratic Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver and all three leaders in the State Senate–Dean Skelos, Jeff Klein and Andrea Stewart-Cousins–Mr. Gross further argued the new gun policies, which include a stricter assault weapon ban and a limit on high-capacity magazines, will help generate the necessary momentum for similar policy changes beyond the Empire State’s borders.

“The leadership New York showed in passing this landmark legislation has generated excitement across this nation and sent the message that it is possible to pass comprehensive gun legislation in America today,” he wrote. “Those on the other side seek to paint this debate as a battle between intrusion and the preservation of liberty.Your leadership not only proved this argument to be a false choice, but also provided a balanced and comprehensive law for New York that can be a model for other states and the federal government.”

Of course, with a Republican-controlled House of Representatives likely opposed to the idea, moving any sort of controversial gun control package through the federal government is easier said than done.

View the full letter below:

January 28, 2013

Dear Speaker Silver, Senator Skelos, Senator Klein, and Senator Stewart-Cousins,

On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Americans that we represent who are fighting day and night to end the rash of gun violence that has plagued this nation, I want to thank you for the bold action you took in passing the NY Safe Act. The leadership New York showed in passing this landmark legislation has generated excitement across this nation and sent the message that it is possible to pass comprehensive gun legislation in America today.

This country stands at a crossroads between passing sensible life-saving gun measures, and continued deference to extremists and a powerful gun lobby.

Those on the other side seek to paint this debate as a battle between intrusion and the preservation of liberty.

Your leadership not only proved this argument to be a false choice, but also provided a balanced and comprehensive law for New York that can be a model for other states and the federal government.

Make no mistake about it: This is a pivotal point in this debate and New York stood tall. The tragic effects of more than a decade of inaction are still raw and deeply felt. However, those who have stood in the way of common sense gun laws have redoubled their efforts.

Your swift action showed the entire nation that officials can take on this fight and win and that legislative gridlock is not a foregone conclusion.

New York seized the moment and because of you and your work with Governor Cuomo, lives will be saved in New York and – soon – across the country. You have developed a model that demonstrates how a comprehensive approach can keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people without infringing on Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.

I thank you for your hard work, quick action, and most of all – for your courage.

Sincerely,

Dan Gross

President Brady Campaign