Transcript: Sen. Chris Murphy on the Senate’s failure to pass the Toomey-Manchin gun legislation

Partial transcript of remarks by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on the failure to pass the gun legislation (S. 649). The press briefing was held on April 17, 2013:

I want to thank Sen. [Harry] Reid, Sen. [Joe] Manchin, and the leadership for getting us to this day. This is a sad day but this is shameful day too.

This is a day when a Republican filibuster stood in the way of 90% of Americans.

If we needed any truer example of the perversion of democracy that the filibuster lends this place, we saw it today.

You know, when little Grace McDonnell was buried, her mother said in the eulogy that nothing could hurt her now, that she has been hurt so deep that there was nothing left that could hurt her any deeper.

And as difficult as this day is for the families in Newtown, they are going to come back day after day, week after week, month after month, and that’s why I know that we will be victorious.

We couldn’t have overcome the filibuster last week if it wasn’t for the families. I don’t think we could have gotten the compromise that we voted on today without the families. And it’s going to be these families that deliver the ultimate victory for this issue.

When some of the families came down here to lobby after the President’s visit to Connecticut, one of the mothers, Nelba Marquez-Greene, held aloft her head as she got on Air Force One a sign that says “Love wins.” Well, love may not have won this week but we know it will.

We know that with the nation transformed after Newtown, with the power of these families and the thousands of other families of victims who have descended upon this place, today is a temporary setback – one that love will ultimately overcome.

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