The New York State Bar
Association joins the nation in mourning the victims of the Orlando nightclub
shooting early Sunday morning.
“We offer our deepest
condolences to the victims and the families affected by this terrible tragedy.
We deplore this attack, which appears to have
singled out a particular group of Americans. But no act of hate or terror will
ever change who we are as Americans,” said NYSBA President Claire P.
because we are Americans, our instinct is to help in any way we can. We have
reached out to our colleagues at the Florida Bar Association and Orange County
Bar Association to explore how we, as New York lawyers, might be of service. We
are discussing the possibility of providing pro bono assistance to victims and
family members with New York-related legal issues.”
“All Americans hope
that this type of tragedy can be averted in the future, but we will not
accomplish this goal without information about gun violence,” she added.
Since 1996, federal law
has effectively prevented the federal government from collecting data on gun
The New York State Bar
Association has argued that without impartial, statistical data about the
causes and impact of gun violence, the nation cannot make informed policy
decisions that protect the rights of gun owners while keeping Americans safer.
“For our country, we reinforce our commitment
to support bi-partisan federal legislation to allow the Centers for Disease
Control to study the intersection of such violent behavior and guns, to identify
evidence-based strategies for keeping guns out of the hands of violent people, so Orlando does not happen again,” said David
Tennant, co-chair of the Association’s Task Force on Gun Violence.
The task force, created
in early 2013 in the wake of several mass shootings in the nation, included
members with a variety of views on the issue. However, they all agreed on the
need for the government to collect statistical data on gun violence.
The task force’s
report, Understanding the Second
Amendment, Gun Regulation in America Today and Yesterday, can be downloaded
for free at www.nysba.org/2ndamendment.
The 74,000-member New
York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in
the nation. It was founded in 1876.
Contact: Lise Bang-Jensen
Director, Media Services and Public Affairs