- Senator Chris Murphy lamented that another city was going through mass shootings.
- Murphy urged colleagues to take action against gun violence after the shooting in Yuvalde, Texas.
- Texas Governor Greg Abbott said at least 14 students and one teacher were killed on Tuesday.
Democrat Senator Chris Murphy urged his Senate colleagues to take action against gun violence as sentiment escalated while discussing the similarities between the deadly elementary school shooting in Texas and Sandy Hook on Tuesday.
“What are we doing? What are we doing?” said Murphy from Connecticut while addressing the Senate. “I got another Sandy Hook in my hands a few days after a shooter went into the grocery store to shoot an African American customer.”
At least 14 students and a teacher were killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Yuvalde, Texas. Texas Governor Gregg Abbott told reporters Tuesday evening.. Abbott said officers shot the 18-year-old suspect. Murphy is also May 14 shooting in Buffalo A white shooter is being investigated for a hate crime after killing 10 black people.
Murphy poured his energies into gun violence legislation. Since joining the Senate. Murphy, a third-term congressman, entered the Senate less than a month after the Newtown shooting, which killed 26 people, including 20 children. After Parkland and numerous other mass shootings, Connecticut Democrats became increasingly frustrated with Congress’s ability to do anything.
“Why are you spending all this time running for the US Senate?” Murphy said. “If your answer is that slaughter increases as our children run for their lives, then we do nothing, so why bother with this job of putting yourself in this prestigious position? What do we do? Are you doing it?”
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Murphy said the school shootings were “not inevitable”, literally begging colleagues to do anything to improve the situation.
“Why are we here? We don’t want fewer schools and fewer communities to go through what Sandy Hook was going through, what Uvalde was going through,” Murphy said. “I’m here to literally get on my knees and beg and beg to find a way forward from here. Come along with us to find a way to pass laws that reduce the chances of this happening.”
The Senate came closest in April 2013 when there was a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on the commercial sale of firearms. Failed by 6 votes. President Barack Obama said It was a pretty shameful day for Washington.“Besides was then Vice President Joe Biden, whom Obama pointed to as a key figure in the gun bill.
Like most other bills, the Gun Violence Act opposed the Senate filibuster. A procedural hurdle would basically require 60 votes for a proposal to expand the background check or renew the ban on offensive weapons. Few Republicans support such a ban, and it still seems not enough to support a deal on background checks.
In any case, Congress appears to be moving further away from passing it. Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who helped close a deal with Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia in 2013, is retiring at the end of this term.