Busch, Williams, and Edwards Will Usher in a New House Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) Majority
WASHINGTON – Brady PAC, the political arm of Brady, today endorsed three survivors of gun violence running for the U.S. House of Representatives: Oxford mom Emily Busch (MI-10), trauma surgeon and Air Force veteran Dr. Brian Williams, M.D (TX-32), and former Houston City Council member Amanda Edwards (TX-18). Once elected, all three will be an integral part of a new gun violence prevention House majority in Washington.
“Emily Busch, Dr. Brian Williams, and Amanda Edwards are the future of the movement to protect public safety. Brady is honored that these leaders have turned their pain from experiencing gun violence in their communities into purpose, to serve and create a safer nation. We look forward to welcoming these three critical leaders to Washington – they are the path to a new House gun violence prevention majority,” stated Ashley Lantz, Brady PAC executive director.
Emily Busch was compelled to run for office after her son Andrew ran for his life from the Oxford shooter during the November 30, 2021 tragedy that killed four students and injured seven people. Dr. Brian Williams, M.D. is no stranger to the carnage of gun violence – He personally operated on the Dallas police officers who were ambushed on July 7, 2016, and has also performed numerous surgeries on children whose small bodies have been ravaged by gun violence. Edwards, a community leader in Houston, lost her cousin in a senseless and preventable shooting.
“No one should know the absolute pain and agony of losing or nearly losing a family member to gun violence. I am deeply sorry that Emily, Brian, and Amanda have joined those of us who do know this ceaseless agony, and it will be because of them, because of their leadership, that additional lives will be spared. A vote for Emily Busch or Brian Williams or Amanda Edwards is a vote for life,” said Parkland survivor and Brady PAC senior advisor Fred Guttenberg.
“The Brady Bill was signed into law on November 30, 1993. Twenty-eight years later to the day, my son and our community experienced the unthinkable when a 15 year old walked into his school and opened fire on his classmates. As we approach the thirty year anniversary of the Brady Act’s historic enactment, the need for common sense gun policy reform has never been greater. I am honored and energized to have Brady PAC’s endorsement and I promise I will fight every day to keep our kids and communities safe from gun violence,” said Emily Busch.
“My work as a trauma surgeon is a barometer for the health of our communities. I’ve had to tell too many families that they would not see their loved ones again as a result of preventable gun violence, and I am done. When elected, I will be the first trauma surgeon in Congress, and I will be relentless in my commitment to ending this epidemic. Brady PAC has been a leader in this fight and they recognize the importance of electing candidates who have been personally impacted by gun violence. I am proud to have earned their endorsement and look forward to creating life-saving change with them in Congress,” stated Dr. Brian Williams.
“I am deeply honored to accept the endorsement of the Brady PAC. Having personally felt the devastating impact of gun violence, I am committed to implementing reforms that will result in less gun violence in our community. As your next member of Congress, I will fight for common-sense gun reforms. Let’s work together to ensure that no family has to endure the senseless tragedy of gun violence like I have experienced,” said Amanda Edwards.
The endorsements of Busch, Williams, and Edwards mark Brady PAC’s first federal legislative endorsements of the 2024 cycle. Brady PAC was created in 2018 to counter the gun industry lobby’s dark money Super PACs. The organization endorses gun violence prevention champions who support common-sense gun safety policies, including universal background checks, safe storage, and a ban on new assault weapons.
Brady PAC is dedicated to a singular goal: creating a safer America by supporting and investing in candidates who are committed to enacting, improving, and defending Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) policies across the country. It upholds the policy ideals championed by its sister organization – one of the nation’s oldest GVP grassroots advocacy organizations.