Today, Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots arms Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action applauded the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by retiring Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Judge Jackson will make history as the first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court, following President Joe Biden’s promise on the campaign trail.
“President Biden has governed as the strongest gun safety president in history, and we have every confidence that Judge Jackson will employ a mainstream, commonsense reading of the Second Amendment,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “We applaud President Biden for nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court, and urge the Senate to answer the call of history and confirm her without delay.”
“President Biden not only made history nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court, but he’s also nominated someone who we are confident will determine that common sense gun safety laws are constitutional,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “Our grassroots army of volunteers across the country were proud to help elect the strongest gun safety administration in history, and today’s nomination shows the importance of that work. We look forward to supporting Judge Jackson’s nomination and call on the Senate to swiftly confirm her.”
“It’s incredibly important that those at the highest level of our legal system remember that their decisions have real consequences for real people and that means survivors of gun violence,” said La’Shea Cretain, Everytown Survivor Network Senior Fellow. “Judge Jackson has long placed the people impacted by decisions at the center of her work and I look forward to her doing so on the Supreme Court.”
The Biden-Harris Administration has been the strongest gun safety administration in American history. From President Biden’s historic executive actions to address gun violence, his long record of taking on the NRA and passing life-saving laws, Vice President Kamala Harris’ years of gun safety advocacy, and the unmatched gun sense cabinet they have built, they have demonstrated a deep commitment to gun safety. President Biden has prioritized gun safety since entering office, from combating deadly, untraceable ghost guns, to the Department of Justice’s development of a strategy on reducing violent crime and a new, annual comprehensive report on firearms trafficking, to the new comprehensive strategy to address gun violence that includes efforts to fight gun trafficking, investments in community violence intervention programs, and more. His administration’s Build Back Better Act, which passed the House in November, included a historic $5 billion investment in community violence intervention programs focused on preventing gun violence. Also in November, the Biden White House announced a slate of executive actions aimed at promoting secure storage to reduce firearm suicides.