FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2013
CONTACT: KATH CUMMINS
Washington, DC-- Fifty-four senators stood up for common-sense gun laws today. They honored the wishes of the vast majority of the American people and stood with the grieving relatives of Newtown, Aurora, and other mass shootings.
The bill would have requireSed background checks for all gun sales—including at gun shows and internet sales. It would have closed loopholes that enable criminals and other potentially dangerous people to buy guns legally.
“Senators Manchin and Toomey, the bill’s main sponsors, took a bold and courageous stand to protect all Americans,” said National Center for Victims of Crime Executive Director Mai Fernandez. “Sadly, their leadership was not enough to bring our nation closer to reducing gun violence.”
More than 90 percent of Americans and 70 percent of NRA members support universal background checks. The U.S. Congress can and should serve the American people by doing no less.
The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led the nation's struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives. Visit www.VictimsofCrime.org for more information.