A new one minute advertisement from the Brady Campaign is calling on Congress to “finish the job” begun by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, signed by then-President Bill Clinton in 1993. The ad, animated in a cartoonish style, looks at the issue of gun control from a child’s perspective and asks a bold and important question: is Congress’s refusal to extend background checks for gun purchases its way of “rooting for the bad guys”?
Named for Jim Brady, a former White House press secretary who was left maimed after being shot during the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, the act is the last major piece of federal gun safety legislation that’s still in effect today. It requires background checks for individuals purchasing firearms, but only mandates such checks for purchases from a licensed firearms dealers. Private sales are regulated by a patchwork of state laws. In PA, private sales of handguns are subject to background checks, but private sales of long guns are not. HB 1010 would close this loophole.
What will it take for lawmakers to staunch the violence incited in no small part by laxly monitored gun sales? Watch the ad for yourself here. Don’t you think it’s time that Congress — and our own state legislature — started doing more to stop “the bad guys” from acquiring firearms?