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Congressman Joe Courtney On Senate Vote

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(Credit/Douglas Healey/Getty Images).

(Credit/Douglas Healey/Getty Images).

“As Mark Barden, one of the Newtown parents who has made gun safety and school security his mission, said after today’s vote: ‘Our hearts are broken. Our spirits are not.’

These parents and family members have been courageous and strong throughout this effort. Today is certainly a disappointment for them and me, but the push for common sense background checks does not end today.

As history has shown time and time again, great causes like civil rights—causes worth fighting for—have taken time to pass and overcome the cynical abuse of Senate rules. The example of leadership set by the Newtown families will prevail at the end of the day.”

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