Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) today issued the following statement after the failure of gun safety legislation in the United States Senate:
"As the families of Virginia Tech, Tucson and Newtown watched, today 46 United States Senators failed them by voting against the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey background check compromise. Strengthening background checks and making sure criminals can't buy deadly weapons -- steps that are supported by nine out of ten Americans -- are commonsense, basic protections that can help prevent gun violence.
"How many more children have to die before we act? How many more tragedies have to unfold in our communities before we say "enough is enough'? What will it take for this shameful obstructionism and delay to end?
"Given the political reality in the House, I am deeply troubled that we may see no real action to curb violence in the wake of Newtown. But I will keep fighting to bring up legislation to strengthen background checks, close loopholes that allow criminals to purchase deadly weapons, and keep weapons of war off our streets. "