For more than 50 years—since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy—the ABA has been a leading voice on the issue of gun violence. That voice is more important than ever now: gun homicides average nearly 12,000 per year and gun suicides about 21,000.
This committee’s role is to advance the ABA’s mission as a champion for the rule of law. Often, that takes the form of traditional legal work, such as amicus briefs and legislative advocacy. Recent examples include policy advocacy to protect: the safety of domestic-violence survivors; free-speech rights of physicians; and state sovereignty to promote public safety, via regulation of the concealed carry permitting process. The Standing Committee’s work also includes bringing together experts, policymakers and practitioners to debate, advocate, and educate. Of late, that has included programs in several cities on the legal and public-health aspects of gun violence prevention. Most of that programming has been presented in partnership with our counterpart associations in medicine, public health and the social sciences.
With the help of my estimable colleagues, throughout the ABA and beyond, I look forward to yet another productive year in service of our critical mandate. We are particularly excited about a newly developed gun-violence curriculum and new collaborations with ABA entities and outside partners. We welcome you to join us. If you are interested in learning more or contributing to the Committee, please contact our staff liaison, Sharon Terrill, at firstname.lastname@example.org.