Press Release

To End Gun Violence, Look at Judicial Nominations Too

March 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14 – As students and teachers across the country are holding a walkout today to protest gun violence, and members of Congress are marking the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shootings with a rally against gun violence and a hearing on gun safety measures, Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement:

“AFJ stands in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, and families who are sending a strong message today that enough is enough when it comes to gun violence. Our work to end the scourge of gun violence must be wide-ranging, and that includes public pressure, legislation, and regulations – as well as efforts to ensure that the men and women who are entrusted with upholding our laws from the federal bench take this issue seriously. Unfortunately, President Trump’s willingness to cater to the National Rifle Association is reflected in several of his nominations for federal judgeships. One of these nominees, Howard Nielson of Utah, can be described as a ‘go-to’ attorney for the NRA who has fought to eliminate restrictions on guns in public places as well as limits on assault weapons. If we are to end gun violence, the White House must not nominate and the Senate must not confirm judges with a record of doing the gun lobby’s bidding.”