At a news appearance on Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said "this is not the end" and called on members to find "political courage" to pass sensible gun safety legislation.
The news conference was held after the U.S. Senate defeated a bipartisan measure that aimed to strengthen background checks. It was designed after the tragic December school shootings in Newtown, Conn.
"We have to do what we can to spare another family from this grief," Durbin said.
"To the families and victims of the shootings in Newtown, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, and the victims of gun violence in cities and towns like Chicago and East St. Louis across America - You deserved better than what you got today," Durbin said on Wednesday. "But we're not done fighting. We didn't have the votes we needed to overcome a filibuster today, but America, with your help we will get this common sense reform done."