Marian Wright Edelman Statement on the Failure of the Background Checks Plan

Apr 17, 2013, 19:02 ET from Children's Defense Fund

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, released the statement below on the failure of the Manchin-Toomey Amendment to Senate Bill 649, which would have helped keep children safe by keeping guns away from underage or dangerous persons:

"The failure of the background check plan in the Senate is a moral failure of great magnitude because of what it says of our values as a nation. Once again the safety of our children has been put on the back burner in service to the gun lobby. Do we truly value guns more than the lives of our children?

Between 1963 and 2010, an estimated 166,500 children and teens died from guns on American soil, while 52,820 U.S. soldiers were killed in action in the Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq wars combined. I join the parents of the children who were killed in Newtown and the parents of all the children and teens killed by gun violence in saying enough.

When will the number of children killed by guns in this country be enough to pass common sense gun safety laws?"

Learn more about our campaign to "Protect Children, Not Guns".

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.

Raymonde Charles, Press Secretary
202-662-3508 (office)

SOURCE Children's Defense Fund