Washington, D.C., October 6, 2018 – Today, the Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a man with a long judicial record of hostility towards common sense gun safety laws, to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination, reacted with sadness and determination.
Kris Brown and Avery Gardiner, co-presidents of the Brady Campaign, stated,
“This is a sad day for America. It’s a sad day for anyone who believes that our Supreme Court justices should be fair and balanced, that to sit on the highest court in the land, you should have the proper temperament and restraint to offer all people a fair hearing. Brett Kavanaugh has firmly proven throughout this process that he completely lacks the neutrality and demeanor required for this position. He is a Second Amendment extremist who rationalized his belief during the confirmation process that assault weapon bans are unconstitutional by claiming that assault weapons are ‘common’ because ‘millions and millions’ of them are owned in the United States. And when a survivor of gun violence stands before the Court, as is sure to happen, will he or she get a fair hearing from a man who ranted and raved about political enemies in front of the Senate, while the NRA spent over a million dollars to support him?
“We fully expect that at some point in the near future, a challenge to long-established Second Amendment precedent will make its way to the Supreme Court. When that day comes, we will be ready. Brady has been fighting in the courts for gun safety for 30 years, and we’re prepared for the fight ahead.”
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.