CEO of Brady Campaign resigns, citing stress of losses
ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU QUIT? For Gun Control Advocates, a Losing Streak in Congress
By Daphne Retter, Congressional Quarterly Staff
October 19, 2005
Congress may decide in conference to ease District of Columbia gun restrictions (H.R. 3058). The House will vote Wednesday on shielding gunmakers from liability suits (S. 397). And last year, Congress let the assault weapons ban (P.L. 103-322) expire.
It's enough to make a gun-control advocate quit.
"It's not an easy job to get up every day and duke it out with the gun lobby," Michael Barnes, president and CEO of the Brady Campaign and Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said Tuesday, "but it's very important."
Barnes resigned this week.
He conceded that his side of the gun debate is faring poorly on Capitol Hill, but said that's not the whole lobbying picture. "In many states throughout the country, things are moving in our direction," he said.