Official Statement on the Senate Gun Bill Vote

Apr 17, 2013, 18:23 ET from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly four months after the tragedy that took 20 first-graders' lives in Connecticut, the mothers of America are sickened by our elected leaders' inability to enact bipartisan, common-sense gun reforms supported by 90 percent of the American people. Instead, more than 40 Senators chose to do the bidding of the gun lobby.

But we are not defeated. If this Congress will not protect our children and families, we will find one that will. We will look to our state legislatures to take up the mantle of common sense and pass new and stronger gun laws. And, beginning now, we will work to elect leaders who are responsive to the best interests of Americans and not special interests.

While we are appalled by the cowardice of the senators who opposed this bipartisan bill, we are buoyed by the energy and determination of our members, and the leaders who voted with courage. Among them Sens. Manchin, Toomey, Schumer, Feinstein, Collins, Reid, Blumenthal and McCain. 

Today's Senate vote only strengthens the resolve of American mothers who are rising up to fight the influence and power of the gun lobby in this country. In just four months, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has grown from a single Facebook page into a movement representing more than 100,000 Americans with nearly 100 chapters in 40 states.

For the mothers of America, this is not the end. It is just the beginning.

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America ( was created to build support for common-sense gun legislation. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just four months, the organization has tens of thousands of members with nearly 100 chapters across the United States.

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