NAACP Outraged by Senate’s Failure to Pass Expanded Background Check Measure

(Washington, DC) – The NAACP released the following statement in response to Senate vote defeating the background check measure.

From Hilary Shelton, Sr. Vice President for Advocacy & Washington Bureau Director:

“It is outrageous and unacceptable that some senators have decided to put the profit interests of the gun lobby and gun manufacturers, dealers and distributors ahead of the protection of the American people and the lives of our children,” stated Hilary Shelton, Sr. Vice President for Advocacy & Washington Bureau Director.  “Too many mothers, fathers, son, daughters, friends and neighbors have lost their lives to gun violence for us to not act now. 

Gun violence prevention is critical for the future of our nation," continued Shelton.  “The NAACP will continue to urge Congress to support the rights of all of all and vote in favor of safe, sane and sensible gun violence prevention measures.  Gun violence remains the number one cause of death of African American boys age 15-19.  It disproportionately kills African American children who are 45% of the gun-related homicides of children and teens though they are less than of that same age group.”

The NAACP has been longtime advocates for gun violence prevention measures, including a ban on assault weapons, limits on size of ammunition clips, and expanded background checks.


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

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