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Daniel Gross
Dan Gross is the President of the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence, united with the Million Mom March. Dan is one of the foremost leaders in the gun violence prevention movement, having co-founded and directed the Center to Prevent Youth Violence (formerly PAX).

Since 1998, the CPYV has provided innovative public health and safety programs such as the ASKing Saves Kids and SPEAK UP programs. These trailblazing programs are designed to protect children from the dangers of guns in the home, at school, and in the community. CPYV is now one of the largest gun violence prevention organizations in the U.S., with a budget of $2 million. Dan founded CPYV after his brother was severely wounded in a shooting at the Empire State Building in February 1997.

Prior to co-founding and directing the Center to Prevent Youth Violence, Dan was the youngest-ever partner at the JWT advertising agency, managing accounts such as Kodak, Lipton, and Warner Lambert. Dan launched his advertising career at Lintas after earning a B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in economics, with honors, from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Entries by Daniel Gross

Shooting in Charleston: Let's Stand With Mother Emanuel

(20) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:25 PM

Once again, we are as a nation horrified by another mass shooting, this time an apparent hate crime that took place June 17 at "Mother Emanuel" -- Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the nation's oldest black churches -- in Charleston, South Carolina, and claimed the lives of nine...

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Why 'Mad Men' Gives Us Hope on the Gun Violence Issue

(56) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 9:19 AM

OK, I'll admit it, I'm depressed. As a former Madison Avenue executive, Mad Men was more than a TV show to me -- and I am going to miss it dearly.

But having spent the last 15 years of my life immersed...

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Making a Million Moms Proud: The ASK Campaign Has Been Saving Kids for 15 Years

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 10:25 AM

"We're looking for a few good moms!"

It's been 15 years since this cry rallied the original, epic Million Mom March on Mother's Day, May 14, 2000. On that historic day, 750,000 mothers and concerned individuals gathered on the National Mall while more than 150,000 rallied in...

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The Guy With the Guns Is Afraid?

(149) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 12:08 PM

The guy with the guns is afraid?

National Rifle Association President James W. Porter II devotes a recent column in the NRA's flagship publication to calling out me and every supporter of the Brady Campaign for leading a national conversation on the extraordinary danger to children of unsafe...

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Parents Can Stop School Shootings

(6) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 6:54 PM

He was shy, quiet and socially awkward. He rarely spoke. He was isolated, disturbed, and couldn't bear to be touched. His mother was devoted, yet misguided.

In the past two years these words have been used over and over to define a mother, and the son who took her...

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Gun Violence Prevention Taking a Page From the Freedom to Marry Playbook

(39) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 7:56 AM

Earlier this month, when Washington state passed I-594, a citizens' initiative to require background checks on all gun sales, it proved two basic truths. First, Americans overwhelmingly support background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous people. Second, it shows that it is a...

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Remembering Jim Brady

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 11:13 AM

"I believe that Jim and Sarah saved more lives than almost any citizens in our nation's history. There are literally millions of Americans who will never know the suffering of gun violence because of Jim Brady."
My Remarks on the Legacy of James...
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Asking Saves Kids

(58) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 9:40 AM


A big part of the solution to gun violence lies outside Washington, D.C.

ABC's 20/20 special on Friday once again demonstrated the most important thing we should know about kids and guns in the home: children know where guns are, when...

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It's The Unsafe Access (Stupid)

(65) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 1:13 PM

This week our nation saw another school shooting, this time in Sparks, Nevada. On the surface it bears little resemblance to the devastating tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December and the more than 30,000 other gun deaths in our nation every year.

But when you look more deeply,...

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Isn't It All Really Terrorism?

(60) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 12:51 PM

When my brother was shot in the head on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in 1997, I felt I had to choose between focusing on two important issues: gun violence and terrorism. The man who shot my brother, killed our friend, and wounded five others that day...

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What Is It Going to Take for Congress to Act to Reduce Gun Violence?

(101) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 11:17 AM

For too long, watching one horrific shooting tragedy after another, those of us seeking sensible gun laws have asked, "What is it going to take?"  "How big a tragedy is going to have to occur before Congress wakes up and creates the change that is too long overdue?" 

I believe...

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Now Is the Time. Now It's Up to Us!

(83) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 11:28 AM

One month ago, 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School lost their lives in a senseless act of gun violence that never should have happened. President Barack Obama called it the worst day of his administration.

Following the tragedy in Newtown, the White House asked the Brady...

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NFL Murder-Suicide Is Latest Wake-Up Call to Address Gun Violence

(210) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 7:02 PM

This past weekend, in a domestic disturbance that went horribly awry when a gun entered the mix, a man shot and killed his girlfriend, then, hours later, killed himself. That everyday occurrence would not have made national news -- except that the man was an NFL player, Kansas City Chiefs...

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The NRA Behind the Curtain

(1370) Comments | Posted November 18, 2012 | 1:50 PM

Remember the scene near the end of The Wizard of Oz, when Toto pulls back the curtain to expose that the powerful image of the Wizard was simply a projection of a rather ordinary, powerless old man? That happened last Tuesday night with the NRA. And it wasn't the first...

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40 Seconds and 40 Percent: The Wisconsin Spa Tragedy and the Simple Case for Background Checks

(162) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 11:04 AM

Forty seconds. That's all it would have taken to potentially save the lives of three women at the Azana Spa and Salon in Brookfield, Wisconsin this past weekend.  Forty seconds is all it would have taken to keep a community and our nation from suffering yet another mass shooting in...

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The 87 Percent Say Solutions to Gun Violence Can't Be Ignored

(75) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Members of eight families who lost loved ones in the Aurora theater massacre on Monday joined us and tens of thousands of other Americans in calling on Debate Moderator Jim Lehrer to ask President Obama and Gov. Romney to present solutions to gun violence.

They represent the millions...

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U.S. Open a Reminder of One of America's Biggest Problems (and why it doesn't exist in the rest of the civilized world)

(49) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 1:04 PM

Every year, watching the U.S. Open tennis tournament makes me so proud to be a New Yorker and an American. That was especially true this year, as both the men's and women's finals represented everything that is great about tennis. But unfortunately this year's incredibly deserving champions, Serena Williams and...

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The Inequity of Compassion

(18) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 2:38 PM

Below are excerpts from a blog I posted in the wake of the tragedy in Tucson last year, before I recently assumed the job of president of The Brady Campaign.

Its themes remain all-too-relevant in light of Friday's tragedy at the Empire State Building, and the 19 people...

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A Real Conversation About Solutions to Gun Violence in Our Nation

(242) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 2:06 PM

Within 48 hours of the terrible tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, a new campaign was launched called We Are Better Than This. It was based on the fundamental belief that we are better than a nation with mass shootings like the one in Aurora, Colorado, and better than the...

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Five More Reasons to Reject the NRA's Dark Vision

(229) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 3:28 PM

In the NRA's view of the world, Ian Stawicki was a law-abiding citizen with the right to carry a loaded gun in any neighborhood of his choosing.

Until he shot four people to death in a Seattle café and then grabbed a mom and shot her in the head near...

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