Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) today released the following statement after the United States Senate failed to clear a procedural hurdle on bipartisan legislation to strengthen background checks for gun purchases:
"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."