Connecticut's leaders on Capitol Hill were the latest to join an initiative advocating for background checks.
Road Trip for Background Checks concluded Thursday after volunteers traveled across 23 states over the last 10 days calling on senators to pass background check legislation.
U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal discussed negotiations for a lifesaving, constitutional, common-sense background check bill that is ongoing in the senate.
The Senators joined the mothers of victims, survivors, students, and others following two separate shootings recently that devastated the Hartford community and entire state.
Residents continue to mourn 3-year-old Randell Jones Jr. and 16-year-old Ja'Mari Preston of New Britain, whose lives were stolen last weekend.
"Until we have a federal law that requires a background check to be done everywhere, then you are going to wake up on many days to news of 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and 5-year-olds being shot on Saturday and Sunday afternoons," Murphy said.
Road Trip for Background Checks' volunteers made over 60 stops on the trip to decorate a mural and collect personal stories and photos of loved ones killed by gun violence.
During the press conference, Senators Murphy and Blumenthal received the mural and messages that will be assembled in Washington D.C.