FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2020
Samantha Kupferman, West End Strategy Team
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Urges Senate to Reject Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Who Could Destroy Gun Violence Prevention Progress
WASHINGTON — In response to President Trump’s announcement that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence executive director Josh Horwitz released the following statement opposing the nomination as well as urging the Senate not to vote on any nomination until after the presidential inauguration:
“Amy Coney Barrett has a track record of opposing the Affordable Care Act while supporting discriminatory policies negatively impacting the rights of minorities, women, and the poor and vulnerable. The intentional deprivation of resources and opportunity is the root cause of the homicide crisis that disproportionately affects Black and Brown communities. Barrett’s tolerance for discriminatory policies coupled with her dangerous approach to interpreting the Second Amendment in her Kanter v. Barr dissent, makes her unfit for the highest court in the land. We have real reason to fear that if empowered with a seat on the court, she has the potential to play a role in the destruction of decades of progress improving gun safety laws. In real terms, this could result in the deadly formula of easier access to guns for those who shouldn’t have them plus increased systemic inequalities, resulting in an exacerbated gun violence problem and more lives lost.
“Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg advanced Americans’ safety, including through voicing her dissent on decisions regarding expansion of the Second Amendment. Her model is the one this country and its leadership should seek to follow.
“It would be undemocratic for the Senate to vote on a Supreme Court justice nomination until after the presidential inauguration. Forcing a vote now would fly in the face of the course of justice and fairness Justice Ginsburg set for all of us. The Senate must oppose Trump’s nomination and refuse to vote on a Supreme Court replacement until the next presidential term begins.”
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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.