What a waste of time. It is almost not worth reading.
I sent in three questions that were not addressed.
1. What class and who tought it did her son take before she gave him
his rifle? (She is for mandatory training.)
2. Her group counts people up to 21 years old as children and say
that parents should keep guns locked up
and away from their children. Does her son who is now 20
have the rifle or does she keep it under lock and key?
3. You just said that gun makers, " must be held accountable and bear
responsibility for their marketing practices."
What marketing practice did they use to make you buy a rifle
for your son and how should they be held accountable?
Tragedy and Triumph Live Chat: Gun Control Advocate Sarah Brady
MODERATOR at 12:59pm ET
Please stay tuned for our live chat with Sarah Brady at 1 p.m. ET.
If you have a question for Sarah, post it in the space below.
MODERATOR at 1:04pm ET
Welcome, Sarah, and thanks for being here.
Many of our audience members praise you for your strength and courage
in the face of adversity. They say your story is "inspirational" and that
you are a "role model" for all Americans. Here are a couple of comments
MODERATOR at 1:04pm ET
From Jane: "Thank you, Mrs. Brady and your husband Jim, for a lesson
in courage. My father spent 15 years in a wheelchair -- my husband is a
cancer survivor -- and our lives and faith are now, following the murder
of our grandson several years ago, being challenged with the injustice
of the American justice system. Your husband's lasting sense of humor and
his words of advice: "Learn to duck!" gave me the first laugh I had enjoyed
in a good while."
MODERATOR at 1:05pm ET
And Leslie says: "I have never been moved to chat online with any person
that I have watched on television, but I would like to tell you how very
moved I was by your courage and unyielding devotion to your husband and
to the most vital goal of accomplishing the Brady Bill. You and your husband
are shining examples of what all Americans should be, and I hope that your
interview with Barbara Walters will serve as an inspiration for all viewers.
I wish you continued strength and good health in the months and years to
come, and I thank you for your heroism."
MODERATOR at 1:05pm ET
How do you stay so positive?
SARAH BRADY at 1:06pm ET
I have a husband who is very positive. And in the long run, I feel
incredibly lucky. I have lived a marvellous life. All families have ups
and downs and you just have to learn to balance the two.
MODERATOR at 1:07pm ET
Now that you're battling lung cancer, why do you still smoke? Have
you tried to quit?
SARAH BRADY at 1:08pm ET
I am appauled that I am addicted. I continue to try to quit. I feel
that I will conquer this challenge as well as others I've been able to
MODERATOR at 1:09pm ET
Diane Gutierrez writes: "I come from a family where guns were collected
(my dad was a police officer and a hunter) but have never felt that they
had a place in civilized society. They are, after all, instruments designed
to kill and have no other purpose. The number of accidental and criminal
deaths outweighs the value they might have in today's society. How do you
justify that responsible people should have a right to own guns when the
protection value is today more theoretical than realistic?"
SARAH BRADY at 1:12pm ET
I feel the serious problem that we have is one of public safety and
what we need to do is reduce the number of deaths and injuries by firearms.
The best way we can accomplish this is to keep guns out of the wrong hands.
I support all measures to do that, including background checks, waiting
I think that in this society, there are many responsible gun owners
who use guns for sports, recreation and other legitimate purposes. They
are not the problem. We must concentrate on keeping guns out of the wrong
John David at 1:13pm ET
I remember years ago, you stating that you would not rest until all
firearms were banned. However, in your interview you stated that you were
not a "gun grabber". Why the change of heart? In addition, you purchased
a firearm for your son. If I'm not mistaken, that is considered a "straw
purchase" which is illegal. Can you explain?
SARAH BRADY at 1:16pm ET
In the first place, I'd like to clarify: I have never said I wanted
to ban all guns. The gun lobby has misrepresented my position over the
years in order to rile up their members.
Again, I'm working to keep firearms out of the wrong hands. I'm glad
I have this opportunity to set the record straight.
I did purchase a hunting rifle as a gift for my son. This was not considered
a straw purchase. He himself is not a prohibited purchaser. He could purchase
one at any gun store himself. Under both federal and Delaware law, it is
perfectly legal to purchase a gun as a gift for a family member, and it's
done day in and day out throughout this nation.
MODERATOR at 1:17pm ET
Jane McGuire writes: "The Brady Bill was a wonderful step in gun control.
Do you have suggestions for further legislation regarding hand gun control
and, if so, what are they?"
SARAH BRADY at 1:19pm ET
Yes, the Brady Bill has done a marvellous job in weeding out prohibited
purchases from gundealers. However, it applies only to purchases made through
federally licensced gun dealers.
I would like to see background checks on all purchases of firearms.
I also believe in a short waiting period (at least 3 days) to help accomplish
the goal of a good, comprehenisve background check. It would also serve
as a cooling off period.
MODERATOR at 1:20pm ET
Barbara Martin says: "I admire the Brady Bill, but would like to know
what we can do about all these kids who have access to the family guns
and shoot other kids. The kids go on trial, but shouldn't the parents also
be held accountable?"
SARAH BRADY at 1:23pm ET
Barbara brings up an excellent point. When making a decision to have
a gun in the home, the owner must take the responsibility for keeping these
firearms locked up and unavailable to children and other prohibited persons.
Mandatory safety training programs would aid greatly in reinforcing
the responsibility of the gun owners. Additionally, many states have laws
holding the adult gun owner responsible in the event of its misuse.
These laws are just another tool in helping to reduce unnecessary accidents
and misuse of guns.
MODERATOR at 1:25pm ET
Jim McGrath asks: "Of the 700,000 sales prevented, how many individuals
SARAH BRADY at 1:26pm ET
The important point to consider is that the purchase of the weapons
by a prohibited person was stopped. One can only imagine how many lives
were saved and tragedies avoided.
Wendell Hall from ipt.aol.com at 1:26pm ET
Pundits have already made much of Mrs. Brady's reluctance to blame
the tobacco industry for the disease which seems about to claim her life,
compared with her willingness to blame the gun industry for the incident
which nearly claimed her husband's life. Will Mrs. Brady speak to that?
SARAH BRADY at 1:30pm ET
In both cases, both industries must be held accountable and bear responsibility
for their marketing practices.
I believe the tobacco industry should be regulated and that everything
should be done to ensure that cigarettes are not marketed to children and
that there is no misrepresentation to the general public about the dangers
The gun industry and tobacco industry are both special interests that
must be held responsible for their business practices.
SARAH BRADY at 1:32pm ET
I certainly plan to speak out about the dangers of smoking and discourage
young people from ever picking up that first cigarette.
Denise from tnt1.morganton.nc.da.uu.net at 1:33pm ET
Have you ever felt threatened because you took such a public stand
against the NRA?
SARAH BRADY at 1:33pm ET
From time to time, there have been threats against me because of my
stand. But I have always felt that I won't be deterred.
Trish Fodor at 1:35pm ET
I heard your story tonight On ABC and was so very inspired by it. I
am a 37 year-old PR professional in Columbus, Ohio. Recently, the Ohio
House has passed legislation allowing people to carry concealed guns. Although
Governor Bob Taft is expected to veto it, (if law enforcement officals
do not support it) I am appauled that it got this far. Your thoughts?
SARAH BRADY at 1:38pm ET
I agree totally. I applaud the governer and hope that he will veto
the concealed carry bill.
The carrying of concealed weapons poses, in my opinion, a great safety
concern for the general public. The thought of people in bars, at sporting
events, in the movies when children and innocent bystanders are present
is a deep worry.
James Mission at 1:38pm ET
Do you believe in registration of all firearms? And if so, do you have
any fear that the government would use that list to confiscate them?
SARAH BRADY at 1:40pm ET
I think the important thing is that we continue to work to have background
checks on all purchases, not just those from gun dealers. This would achieve
the goal that we're all looking for, which is to keep guns out of the wrong
hands. For those folks who agree with me, I hope they will contact their
Brownie at 1:40pm ET
Dear Mrs. Brady,
What can the average citizen do to join your fight to prevent gun violence?
Is there a number we can call? A website?
SARAH BRADY at 1:43pm ET
I'd like to direct you to our Web site, which is "www.bradycampaign.org."
There is also the Web site for my book, "www.agoodfight.org." We offer
many chances for interested individuals to get involved and through our
union with the Million Mom March, there are countless ways to stay involved
at the local level. MODERATOR at 1:47pm ET
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