Senators keep pushing for gun control

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Connecticut's two U.S. Senators continue to push for that federal gun control bill that failed in the Senate back in April.

They say that six months after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, the effort to change five Senate votes is gaining momentum.

Senators Blumenthal and Murphy say the goal right now is to get that change in federal law before the one year anniversary.

Both of Connecticut's U.S. Senators were at the firehouse across from the Sandy Hook school with the families six months ago on this day, and both say it has profoundly affected their resolve to get a gun control bill through the U.S. Senate.

"Sandy Hook and those 20 kids and the families they left behind are what I think about every morning when I wake up, and every night when I go to bed," said Senator Chris Murphy.

And both Senators say that the defeat of the anti-gun violence bill in the Senate back in April has changed the landscape in Washington about gun control bills, and it is likely to come back for another vote probably after Labor Day.

"Six months ago, gun violence control was thought to be politically untouchable," said Senator Richard Blumenthal, "we're on a course now that's politically unstoppable."

"It's not very often that you lose a vote and get a second chance within the same calendar year," said Senator Murphy.

Both men say that the continued impact of the tragedy at Sandy Hook nationally has helped to raise large amounts of money for pro gun control groups. Groups that will advertise against Senators that voted against the bill in April.

"Gabby Giffords has raised just as much money as the NRA has since Sandy Hook happened and that has real political consequences," Senator Murphy said.

"The time that the NRA and the other school yard bullies are going to be free to bloody their opponents without people fighting back...those days are gone," said Senator Blumenthal.

Blumenthal and Murphy say every time the Sandy Hook families go to Washington, they have a major impact and they all say they are not going to give up.

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