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Daily Action: Get Ready To March ... And Stop an NRA Consigliere from Becoming a Federal Judge


CONTACT:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the senator to reject Howard Nielson's nomination for a federal judgeship, and to convince her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the same. Nielson’s record on undermining gun violence prevention laws has made him very valuable to the NRA. In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, FL, we should not be rewarding the NRA by handing their champion an appointment to the bench where he will spend a lifetime weakening our nation's gun laws. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
Saturday's March for Our Lives, in Washington, Los Angeles, Ventura and elsewhere, represents a movement of students and adults across the country rising up to demand real gun reform -- and part of that must include Congress finally standing up to the NRA on gun safety. The students of Parkland, FL, and other youth leaders have led these calls for members of Congress to protect them, and all of us, from the uniquely American epidemic of mass shootings.

Even at this crucial movement, however, Republican senators are prepared to confirm Trump's appointment of Howard C. Nielson, an attorney with a long record of championing NRA extremism, to a lifetime district court judgeship in Utah. Nielson routinely has positioned himself on the far-right fringe of the gun debate -- arguing that state bans on people under 21 purchasing handguns or publicly carrying firearms are unconstitutional, and that cities should not be able to ban semiautomatic rifles and large-capacity magazines. While working in George W. Bush’s Justice Department, he authored a legal memo in 2004 arguing for an expansive interpretation of the Second Amendment -- one that the Supreme Court's conservative majority eventually adopted.

Nielson's record also includes defending the anti-LGBTQ Proposition 8 here in California, arguing that the federal judge hearing the case should be disqualified for being gay. He also worked helped craft the legal rationale to justify torture during the Bush administration.