Statement of Paul Helmke on the Passing of Senator Kennedy

Aug 26, 2009, 10:26 ET from Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

"The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die."

Senator Edward Kennedy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign, issued the following statement on the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy:

"Senator Edward Kennedy was a great friend of the Brady Campaign and of all the activists and victims who have struggled for the last thirty years to bring common sense to our gun laws. He never faltered in his steadfast support. He stood up to the powerful special interests who have blocked progress on gun violence and never backed down. Our love and profound sympathy go out to his wife, Victoria, a former board member of the Brady Center, and to his entire family."

As the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, works to enact and enforce sensible gun laws, regulations and public policies. The Brady Campaign is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.

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SOURCE Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence