It's the Brady Briefing, another time where JJ casts alone on everything from the mounting numbers of mass shootings to how teenagers seem to be leading the fight against gun violence. Get ready--it's the weekly wrap up on gun violence and gun violence prevention for the week of November 30th to December 6th.
Today in this wrap-up, you'll learn about:
- how mass shootings in 2019 now outnumber the days;
- the current hunt for the killers in the Fresno shooting;
- the sentencing of a mother following the death of her toddler;
- how the students of Parkland continue to build momentum within the gun violence prevention movement;
- the company run by one amazing DC teenager;
- and what happens when survivors from around the country gather to mourn.
Some of the links mentioned in this episode :
"What You Need to Know about the NRA's Supreme Court Lawsuit."
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Thank you all so much for being here with me, and let's just get right into it. First, the number of mass shootings across the U. S this year has already outpaced the number of days. As of December 1st, which was the 335th day of the year, the Gun Violence Archive counted 385 mass shootings across the country. Now you should know, the Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as any incident in which at least four people are shot excluding the shooter. So they've counted 385 instances of that happening across the country. Notably, that's more mass shootings than any year since the archive started keeping track. We're not done with 2019 yet.
Meanwhile, the community of Fresno, California, continues to mourn, and family and police continue to search for answers in the mass shooting, which killed four men and wounded six others. The incident took place during a backyard football watch party when two unidentified men entered the backyard where people had gathered and just began shooting. All victims were part of the city's large Hmong community, which included Xy Lee, a 23 year old singer, who is super well known in the community. Some of the victims, who are also well known musicians, had been scheduled to perform at the city's upcoming among New Year's celebration, which attracts thousands of people from Fresno and beyond. This one really gets to me because this is something that my family does all the time, and so I think it really underscores this feeling that nowhere is safe in the U. S. They were just having a backyard party.
Continuing in devastating news, a Colorado mother was sentenced this week after her toddler put her loaded pink pistol, which he thought was a water gun, into his mouth and unintentionally shot and killed himself. The mother was jailed for over 25 years on Monday over the negligence death of her two year old son at his home in October 2018. This is so sad and really underscores what we say all the time in our end family fire program, which is, if you have a gun in the home, you've got to keep it secured.
Meanwhile, the students of Parkland and youth activists around the US continue to share their stories and the fight to prevent gun violence. Alongside Brady's own amicus brief filed in the U. S Supreme Court case New York State Rifle and Pistol Associations Incorporated versus City of New York--we have a podcast were talk about it this week and how that's an awful name--students also contributed to an amicus brief themselves filed by March for Our Lives, which included the personal narratives of nine young people who are survivors of gun violence. Brooke Harrison, a survivor of the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, was one of those nine and detailed how she arrived at school on Valentine's Day in 2018 with a backpack full of candy. That's candy that she never got to hand out to her friends. By the end of her school day, 17 of her classmates and teachers, were murdered. When she finally was able to get that backpack back from her freshman English class, which was now a crime scene, by the way, she found it riddled with bullet holes. Just think about that. How often growing up we brought things to school to pass out to our friends for holiday parties, how exciting it is to go to school on a holiday, and then how awful it is to be afraid to go back to school again, as we talk about in our minisode, this is the first gun related case to appear before the Supreme Court and almost a decade. We now await the court's decision.
Another young person making the world a better, less violent place with a super impressive CV is RuQuan Brown, a DC high school student who gained admission to 25 college universities, including Ivy League schools and full ride scholarships. He's not just an academic powerhouse. Oh, no, He's also football star and a gun violence prevention advocate. Brown launched his own company, Love1, an anti-violence clothing line that uses a portion of its proceeds to benefit communities impacted by gun violence and get guns off the Street. Brown started Love1 shortly after his teammate was murdered in 2017 followed by his stepfather's murder and 2018. Brown is a super impressive young man and definitely makes me feel guilty, like I didn't do enough in high school, and I highly recommend you all check out his company. I feel like recently, I'm just highlighting a lot of clothing companies that are doing really good work in gun violence prevention, and slowly they're taking over my wardrobe.
Finally, on Wednesday evening, survivors and advocates came together to remember those who have been taken from us by gun violence. Every year since 2013 , gun violence prevention groups, led by the Newtown Foundation and Newtown Action Alliance, have hosted the national vigil for all victims of gun violence. This multi-denominational event was held in Washington, D. C., with sister events being held in communities across the country. Together survivors, advocates, family members, concerned citizens, faith leaders, legislators, staff from Brady, and and more, came together to mourn those we've lost and helped shine a light on the devastating epidemic of gun violence in America. It was an absolutely beautiful and really touching vigil, but I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that I wish it's a vigil that never had to happen.
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