The leader of the nation’s most prominent gun control lobby said he doesn’t want to hear the sympathies of President Barack Obama and Republican presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the aftermath of the Aurora, Colo. shootings. Instead, he wants them to actually do something about gun laws.

“We understand that President Obama has just spoken and so might Mitt Romney,” Brady Campaign president Dan Gross said in a statement. “As someone who has suffered the lasting impact of gun violence, and President of Brady, I can tell you that we don’t want sympathy. We want action.”

Gross noted that this past April 16 marked the anniversary of “the worst mass shooting in American history,” when 32 people were shot and killed by a gunman on the Virginia Tech campus in 2007.

Gross called on people to “demand Congress take action to stop arming dangerous people.” He said the Brady Campaign is meeting today with activists around the country to sign a petition against arming dangerous people.

“We are insistent that our elected leaders take action to prevent future tragedies. Political cowardice is not an excuse for evasion and inaction on this life-and-death issue,” said Gross.

— Jennifer Bendery

Brady Campaign To Obama, Romney: “We Don’t Want Sympathy. We Want Action.” (via thepoliticalfreakshow)
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