Sunday, January 18, 2009

Holder nomination

More on the pro-gun and anti-gun reactions to President-Elect Obama's nomination of Eric Holder as Attorney General:

From the Blog of Legal Times: Why Gun-Rights Advocates Are Opposing Holder
Advocates of gun rights are drawing on the old and the new in their criticism of Attorney General-designate Eric Holder Jr.

The criticism appears in letters sent in the last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee from two organizations that generally oppose restrictions on gun ownership. Their letters preview what may come up Thursday and Friday during Holder’s confirmation hearing, when a lawyer who has written often about the Second Amendment is scheduled to testify at the request of Republican senators.

Gun Owners of America is opposing Holder outright. The National Rifle Association says it has “serious questions” and “substantial concerns.” ...

According to Earth Times, the Brady Campaign has only praise for Mr. Holder:
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.
"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." [emphasis added]

The full statement is available at the Brady Campaign's website here.

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