Last week, I reported on how a poll had found that the vast majority of Americans supported some restrictions on gun ownership.
I also reported on how the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence would be lobbying Congress — here’s what they asked Congress members to support:
I believe that these people should not be able to buy, own or carry a gun anywhere in our nation:
- Convicted felons
- Convicted domestic abusers
- People found to be dangerously mentally ill.
Colin Goddard, who survived being shot four times in the 2007 killings at Virginia Tech and now works for the Brady Campaign, told MSNBC that every Congressperson they spoke to told them they supported the pledge — but none, not one, no Democrat, no Republican, would actually sign it.
The total ownership of Congress by the National Rifle Association and their refusal to countenance even restricting gun ownership to those on the terrorist watch list could not be clearer.
Alongside Goddard were other victims lobbying Congress, include Tom Mauser, who lost his 15-year-old son Daniel at the Columbine Massacre 13 years ago April 20, Carolyn Tuft, a mother of two, who survived being shot five times and lost her daughter, Kirsten Hinckley, at a mass shooting in the Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sherialyn Byrdsong, who lost her husband in a neo-Nazi shooting spree outside Chicago on July 2, 1999, Vidal Colon, a Milwaukee police officer who was shot three years ago April 11, and was awarded a Medal of Valor for his heroism, and Nardyne Jefferies, whose 16-year-old daughter Brishell Jones was killed two years ago in the South Capitol Street shooting in Washington, D.C.
All of them were ignored.
Watch trailer for the documentary ‘Living for 32‘ on Colin Goddard’s journey from being a victim of gun violence at Virginia Tech to being an advocate for gun control:
Watch Goddard’s interview with Lawrence O’Donnell.