At the U.S. Capitol were Carlee Soto, who is the younger sister of Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Vicki Soto who was killed protecting her students.
"We elected these people," she said. "I have no idea whose voice they were speaking for today."
In Connecticut, Vicki Soto's sister, Jillian Soto, told Eyewitness News Thursday she's shocked and heartbroken, but not surprised by the Senate vote.
She said she doesn't think the politicians understand what she and family are going through, but she says she'll battle on for gun reform nationwide.
"I'm the voice for my sister and I'm not going anywhere," Jillian Soto said.
She said her family's determination will overcome defeat.
Shame on them. Shame on you for letting 90 percent of Americans who believe in this down," Jillian Soto said. "Shame on you for letting my sister down."
U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, who supported the gun control legislation, released statements Wednesday night.
"There's never been a bigger disconnect between where the American public is on an issue and where the Senate ended up," Murphy said.
"Tragically, it may take more mass killings," Blumenthal said.
Standing next to a picture of Newtown victim Daniel Barden, Blumenthal called yesterday's vote "demoralizing and discouraging, because ultimately this reform will be delayed."
"I say to my colleagues who sided with fear do not underestimate the power of Newtown's families or any other victims of gun violence. They're not going away," he said. "Hold politicians accountable for their actions taken here. Votes have consequences, as elections do and the people will remember."
A youth activist organization called Second Amendment Sanity held a protest at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is the second largest pro-gun lobby organization in the country
"Just look at the NSSF's website and you will find loads of information that clearly shows how the NSSF fights against any new gun-related legislation no matter what it is or whether it may save lives," said Jake Snyder, who is the founder of Second Amendment Sanity in a statement.
Second Amendment Sanity said it has started online petition.
"The NSSF knows checks work but that means potentially fewer guns would be sold which means less money for the gun industry and the NSSF," Snyder said. "They don't care about all the people who are killed with guns from suicide, accident and murder. The NSSF is all about making sure the gun industry is growing and has the biggest possible profits."
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