April 17, 2013

Newtown families disappointed by Senate vote

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While wearing green wrist bands honoring the victims of the Newtown school shooting, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, who represents Newtown, Conn., looks at his notes prior to addressing the Senate floor at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Hundreds of gun rights advocates are gathering at the statehouse in Hartford ahead of a vote in the General Assembly on proposed gun-control legislation. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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This video image from Senate television shows the final vote total on gun control legislation that was defeated in the Senate Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the Capitol in Washington. Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats scuttled the most far-reaching gun control legislation in two decades, rejecting calls to tighten background checks on firearms buyers as they spurned the personal pleas of families of the victims of last winter's mass elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Senate Television)

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"I am very proud of them and dismayed that more senators could not see the merits of their actions and of their arguments," she said, adding how it's important not to abandon their resolve. "We lost this battle, but the war is not over."

Connecticut House Majority Leader Joseph Aresimowicz, a Democrat from Berlin, said he was very angry with the vote. He had met with some of the same families who traveled to Washington and couldn't understand how senators weren't swayed by their personal stories.

"I think of Miss. Hockley a lot," he said of Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son, Dylan, was killed at Sandy Hook. "How they could look and meet her and see the pain in her face and not do anything? I don't understand it. I don't understand it."

Murphy posted on Twitter how he had witnessed "cowardice" on the Senate floor, while his colleague, Blumenthal, called the amendment's defeat due to the 60-vote filibuster rule "a sad and shameful moment for democracy."

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said senators who voted against the measure "should be ashamed of themselves."

"There is much more than needs to be done on the issue of gun violence prevention," he said in a written statement. "But when the Senate cannot come together on an issue that is supported by the vast majority of Americans, there is little to no hope that common sense will prevail."


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