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Calling Out Kavanaugh: Post Script

A Message From the President of Americans Against Gun Violence

Some people have asked why I didn’t address the allegations of sexual misconduct in my recent president’s message, Calling Out Kavanaugh – for his hypocrisy on gun control and the Second Amendment (among other important issues). At the time that I wrote that message, the allegations of sexual misconduct had not yet been made public.

Guns are commonly used by perpetrators of sexual assault to subdue their victims (far more often than victims use guns to defend themselves), but it hasn’t been alleged that Kavanaugh used a gun in a sexual assault. For this reason, I believe that it’s still best that I not comment as president of Americans Against Gun Violence concerning the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. It should not be inferred, though, that in not commenting on these allegations, I am in any way intending to cast doubt on their validity or their seriousness.

At the same time, I would like to emphasize the point I made in my original message. Judge Kavanaugh’s published dissenting opinion in the 2011 case of Heller v. District of Columbia in which he alleged that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to own assault rifles and prohibits requiring that guns be registered - an opinion that falls into the category of what the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger called “one of the greatest pieces of fraud on the American public” that he had seen in his lifetime – should have been reason enough to deny Kavanaugh a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. At this point, we must accept the fact that Kavanaugh has been confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. We do not, however, have to accept his fraudulent misrepresentation of the Second Amendment.

Click on the "Read the full message" box for the full text of my original message concerning the Kavanaugh nomination.

 

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Preventing Firearm Related Deaths and Injuries in the United States of America
Mission Statement of Americans Against Gun Violence

Firearm related deaths and injuries are a serious public health problem in the United States of America, and the rate of gun violence in the USA is much higher than in all other economically advanced democratic countries. It is the position of Americans Against Gun Violence that we have not only the ability, but also the moral responsibility, to reduce rates of firearm related deaths and injuries in our country to levels that are at or below those in the other economically advanced democratic countries of the world.

We support incremental steps toward reducing gun violence in the United States such as expanding background checks. At the same time, we believe that it is critically important to make the American people aware that in order to reduce rates of firearm related deaths and injuries in the United States to levels comparable to those in other economically advanced democratic countries, we must adopt comparable gun control laws. Such laws include stringent regulations, if not complete bans, on civilian ownership of handguns and all automatic and semi-automatic rifles. Such laws need not prevent responsible hunters and target shooters from practicing their sports with traditional sporting rifles and shotguns. In order to stringently regulate or ban handguns, the Supreme Court's radical reinterpretation of the Second Amendment in the 2008 Heller decision must be overturned. We further believe that stringent regulation of civilian firearm ownership should be accompanied by stringent regulation of the use of lethal force by law enforcement officers.

In addition to educating the American people regarding the need for the adoption of definitive gun control laws, it is our mission to debunk the myths promoted by the gun industry and its associated lobby, including the myth that honest, law-abiding people should own or carry guns “for protection;” the myth that the Second Amendment was intended to confer an individual right to own guns; and, the most insidious myth of all, that the gun lobby is more powerful than the rest of the American people.

We are confident that one day the United States will adopt stringent gun control laws comparable to the laws already in place in every other economically advanced democratic country of the world. The only question is how many more innocent Americans will be killed and injured by preventable gunshot wounds before that day arrives. It is our mission to work to make that day come sooner rather than later.

Click on this link for downloadable version of this mission statement in PDF format.