In the wake of the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, people across the country have risen up to demand that Congress stand up to the NRA on gun safety. The students of Parkland and other youth leaders have unapologetically demanded that their Members of Congress (MoCs) protect them from the uniquely American epidemic of mass shootings.
Despite this movement, Republican Senators are prepared to confirm the NRA’s favorite lawyer to a lifetime district court judgeship. Trump nominated Howard C. Nielson to a lifetime seat on the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Nielson is one of the NRA’s go-to attorneys, who has made a career out of regularly representing the NRA and fighting against common-sense gun safety measures.
This is a major opportunity for Senators to fight back against the gun lobby’s influence, at a crucial time in history. The NRA spent an unprecedented amount of money—surpassing its own previous spending records—in support of Donald Trump’s campaign. Now, Trump is trying to give them their money’s worth. Trump told the NRA, “You came through for me, I am going to come through for you.”
When Trump nominated Nielson, it was a gift back to the NRA.
Luckily, the Senate—not Trump—gets to decide whether Howard Nielson will be confirmed as a federal judge.
Call your Senators and ask them to publicly commit to voting against Howard Nielson’s nomination.
Sen Portman: DC Phone: 202-224-3353, Toll-Free: 1-800-205-6446 (OHIO)
Sen Brown: DC (202) 224-2315, Toll Free 1-888-896-OHIO(6446)
Your Senators can block Nielson’s nomination—call today. Here is a sample call script you can use:
Caller: Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent calling from [part of state]. I’m calling to ask about the nomination of Howard Nielson as a district court judge for the District of Utah. Has [senator] determined whether [he/she] will support or oppose the Nielson nomination?
He is the wrong choice. Nielson is the NRA’s favorite lawyer for his work to undermine sensible gun violence prevention laws. In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, FL we should not be rewarding the NRA by handing their champions lifetime judgeship appointments.