Brady Campaign Endorses Nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to U.S. Supreme Court

Jul 14, 2009, 14:21 ET from Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, July 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence today endorsed President Obama's nomination of Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign, released the following statement:

"During the second day of her Senate confirmation hearings, Judge Sotomayor has now been asked for her views on the Second Amendment. She has given clear and responsible answers, while not pre-judging any issues that may come before her on the Court. We have been impressed with her presentation.

"In stark contrast, gun lobby extremists have revealed their preference for an activist Supreme Court Justice who would support their 'any gun, anywhere, anytime' ideology. Judge Sotomayor's comments today as well as her judicial opinions in cases involving gun laws, however, show respect for the Constitution, for precedent and for the considered judgments of legislative bodies in protecting communities from gun violence.

"Judge Sotomayor's background and her experience as a prosecutor have given her an invaluable understanding of the devastating impact of gun violence on families and communities. Because of her experience enforcing gun laws, she brings to the bench an appreciation of the importance of those laws in protecting our citizens.

"The Brady Campaign enthusiastically endorses Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the position of Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court."

As the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, works to enact and enforce sensible gun laws, regulations and public policies. The Brady Campaign is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.

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Contact: Peter Hamm, Brady Campaign, 202-898-0792,

SOURCE Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence