By Megan Merrigan | CTNewsJunkie.com
April 12, 2013
Eleven family members of those killed in the December 2012 shooting at the Newtown, CT Sandy Hook Elementary school joined President Barack Obama on an Air Force One flight from Connecticut to D.C. after Obama’s speech at the University of Hartford on Monday (April 8).
“The families of Newtown literally turned the tide in Washington, D.C.,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said at a press conference at the University of Hartford on Friday (April 12). “Their faces and voices are an historic story in achieving better measures against gun violence.”
In all, 16 Republicans contributed to Thursday’s (April 11) 68-31 bipartisan victory over the Republican-led filibuster that would have prevented debate on the legislation.
“This victory is elating and encouraging and exciting but we are only partway there,” Blumenthal said. “This next week will be a critical testing time. We face a treacherous, rugged road.”
The real test will come next week when they try to pass the legislation.
Sens. Joe Manchin D-West Virginia and Pat Toomey R-Pennsylvania, both of whom are gun owners with “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association, scripted the bipartisan compromise that extends background checks to Internet transactions and unlicensed gun show dealers.
“The compromise doesn’t go as far as many of us would like but it will guarantee that thousands less criminals across this country get their hands on firearms,” said Sen. Chris Murphy D-Connecticut, who joined Blumenthal at the press conference.
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