March 18, 2008
The Brady Campaign was at the U.S. Supreme Court as the Justices heard oral arguments in District of Columbia v. Heller, the most significant Second Amendment case in nearly seventy years.
The Brady Center filed a "friend of the court" brief with numerous law enforcement organization in January that argued that the D.C. Court of Appeals ruling, if affirmed, would grant courts unprecedented authority to nullify elected officials' decisions to adopt laws they believe are necessary to protect their communities from gun violence. The decision will be announced later this spring or early summer.
Hollywood stars Will Ferrell, Amy Brenneman, Jeffrey Ross, James Whitmore and Peter Weller all turned out for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence event at the home of Shelley and Frank Litvack on Sunday, November 11th.
The evening honored Joan Hill, Brady Center Board of Trustees and David Hill, Chairman/CEO Fox Sports with the Sarah Brady Visionary Award. John Walsh, Host, America's Most Wanted, and Tim Heyne, President, Union Entertainment Group and President, Ventura County Brady Campaign Chapter were also presented with awards honoring their commitment to a safer America. Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca was presented the James S. Brady Law Enforcement Award.
Also participating in the program were Chairman of the Boston Red Sox, Tom Werner, Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton and Peter Read, the father of Mary Read, who was tragically lost in the Virginia Tech massacre. Comedian Jeffrey Ross performed a hilarious routine at the end of the evening.
Brady Center President Paul Helmke gave stirring remarks, and Senator Ted Kennedy and Victoria Reggie Kennedy sent a video message of congratulations to their friends, Joan and David Hill. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d'ouevres and desserts as they participated in an exciting silent auction. Special thanks to Event Chair Sheila Walker for all of her help with the event and auction.
The Brady Center would like to thank all our supporters, volunteers and auction donors for their time, energy and commitment to keeping America safe from gun violence.