U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), one of the Senate's leading voices for gun safety, released a statement today following the announcement of Dan Gross as President of the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence.
"Dan Gross turned his family's tragedy into a lifetime of advocacy that has made communities across the country safer and saved countless children from gun violence. There is more work to be done to protect our nation from the scourge of gun violence, and I have no doubt that Dan will make great strides at the helm of the Brady Campaign," Lautenberg said.
Dan's brother, Matthew Gross, was shot in the head while visiting the Observation Deck at the Empire State Building in 1997. Matthew's friend was killed, and five others were wounded, before the deranged shooter turned the gun on himself.
In 1996, Senator Lautenberg sponsored the law that prohibits anyone convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor from being allowed to purchase or possess guns. Since the law has been in place, it has kept approximately 200,000 guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
Senator Lautenberg is the author of two bills aimed at closing significant loopholes in U.S. law -- the "Gun Show Loophole" and the "Terror Gap" -- that make it easier for criminals and terrorists to obtain guns and explosives to carry out their crimes. Lautenberg also is the author of common-sense legislation to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines. Additional information about Lautenberg's common-sense gun safety reforms can be found here.