Mark Barden, Father Who Lost Son at Sandy Hook Elementary, Introduces President Obama at White House Press Conference, Delivers Remarks on Behalf of Sandy Hook Promise Families

Washington, DC-- Following today’s filibuster of the bipartisan compromise to require criminal background checks for all commercial gun purchases, families of Sandy Hook victims and members of the Newtown-based nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise expressed their resolve to carry on their work to reduce gun violence.  Despite polls showing more than 90% of Americans favor closing loopholes that allow criminals to purchase deadly firearms without any background check, the Senate fell 6 votes short of the 60 needed to end the filibuster of the compromise proposed by Senators Manchin (D-WV) and Toomey (R-PA).  The bipartisan proposal would have required that instant criminal background checks be performed on those buying guns off the internet or at gun shows.