March 21, 2018

Statement of Hilarie Bass, ABA president Re: Saturday’s March for Our Lives rally

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2018 — The American Bar Association applauds America’s youth for their engagement and commitment to address gun violence. Since the mid-1960s the ABA has endorsed numerous proposals to lessen the impact of gun violence, particularly through education, prevention and enforcement of existing gun laws. The ABA supports the types of proposals put forth by the students, including universal background checks, gun violence restraining orders and bans on semi-automatic assault weapons, except for military or law enforcement use.

On Saturday, the ABA Law Student Division will join with law schools at the student-led March for Our Lives rallies in Washington, D.C. and other locations to motivate the nation to unite in efforts to reduce gun violence.

The peaceful demonstrations and advocacy by our young citizens since the horrific shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been inspirational and impressive. As an association of lawyers, we salute this civic engagement and hope it shows policy makers the way forward to end this senseless violence.

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