Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, hours after speaking in the Senate on Tuesday,Killed 14 students and 1 teacher. The Democrat, who served as the head of the district to which Sandy Hook Elementary School belongs, began his speech by recalling the trauma he experienced after the incident. More than 24 people died.
“Sandy Hook will never be the same.” Murphy said in a cracked voice. “This community in Texas will never be the same. Why? Why are we here? It’s not about making sure fewer schools and fewer communities don’t go through what Sandy Hook did. . Uvalde is going through it.”
He said his heart is breaking for the Texas community. But he also used the moment to urge his fellow senators to take action. Murphy described the US government’s inaction after these incidents of gun violence as a “silent message of support.”
“I’m here to literally get on my hands and knees on this floor to beg my colleagues,” he said. “Find a way forward here. Work with us to find a way to pass laws that reduce this likelihood. I understand that my Republican colleagues may disagree with everything I stand for, but a common denominator we can find. There is a place. There is a place where we can come to an agreement…”
He came to a conclusion. “What are we doing? Why are we here? What are we doing?”