Gun Violence Prevention Group Strongly Supports Biden DOJ Nominees
CSGV: Selections underscore Biden’s commitment to restoring DOJ independence and addressing racial justice
WASHINGTON January 7, 2021 – In response to this week’s announcement by President-elect Biden of key nominees for the Department of Justice, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz issued the following statement:
“The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence strongly supports President-elect Biden’s nominations of Judge Merrick Garland for Attorney General, Lisa Monaco for Deputy Attorney General, Vanita Gupta for Associate Attorney General, and Kristen Clarke for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. President-elect Biden’s selections underscore his commitment to restoring the independence and integrity of the Justice Department and rightfully ensuring that racial justice is a core focus of the department’s work.
“The Department of Justice is a key partner in the fight to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in our country — whether that’s through the enforcement of existing laws, maintaining the National Instant Check System for firearm purchasers, improving federal data collection, funding community-based violence intervention and prevention efforts, or enforcing its ‘pattern or practice’ authority to hold police departments accountable.
“The last year has shown us the stakes. We have seen a surge in gun purchases and a tragic increase in gun deaths. The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement has forced an overdue racial reckoning for our country and a renewed focus on ending police violence. White supremacist and insurrectionist domestic terrorism poses an increasing threat to the rule of law. The Justice Department has an important role to play in addressing all of these challenges by ensuring Americans are treated equally under the law and are protected from gun violence.
“The fair-minded professionals President-elect Biden has nominated will help restore trust in the Department of Justice so that it can do its vital work. We support their nomination and look forward to working with them in the years to come.”
About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.