Brady Campaign Submits Statement to Senate Judiciary Committee in Strong Support of Eric Holder's Nomination

Jan 14, 2009, 09:51 ET from Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, submitted a statement for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee today praising the nomination of Eric Holder to be Attorney General of the United States.

The Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Holder's nomination tomorrow.

"During his illustrious career, Eric Holder has been an eloquent and forceful advocate for sensible gun laws," Helmke wrote. "As Deputy Attorney General, he worked on numerous proposals to help protect our families and communities from gun criminals and he stressed a coordinated approach that included both prevention and enforcement. He supported balanced efforts that would both prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands and strengthen the government's ability to enforce the law when they do... Because of his excellent qualifications, many years of distinguished public service, and unyielding commitment to sensible gun policies, the Brady Campaign strongly supports the nomination of Eric Holder to be Attorney General and urges the Senate to confirm him."

The full statement is available at

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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SOURCE Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence