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Statement from Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, regarding the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "What is it going to take to stop the craziness of gun violence in this country when every three hours a child or teen is killed by a gun? What is it going to take to make the politicians stand up and put sensible gun laws in place so we don't have to mourn the horror of more senseless deaths of young children murdered at an elementary school? Once again we are faced with unspeakable horror, and once again we are reminded that there is no safe harbor for our children. How young do the victims have to be and how many children need to die before we stop the proliferation of guns in our nation? We can't just talk about it and then do nothing until the next shooting when we will profess shock again. This latest terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School is no fluke. It is a result of the senseless, immoral neglect of all of us as a nation to fail to protect children instead of guns and to speak out against the pervasive culture of violence. It is up to us to stop these preventable tragedies."

Learn more from our gun report.

The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

For More Information Contact:
Patti Hassler
Vice President of Communications and Outreach
202-662-3554 (office)
phassler@childrensdefense.org  

SOURCE Children's Defense Fund



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