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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) released a fiery statement Thursday evening in reaction to the mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, slamming continued inaction in Congress on gun control:

My heart is with everyone in Oregon who has been victimized by this horrific tragedy. But I’m tired of sending sympathies to every corner of this country, every week. It’s time for Congress to end the silence which has become quiet endorsement of these murders. It’s time to stop believing it’s sufficient to send sympathies and then do nothing. It’s time for Congress to act.

Murphy has been a fervent advocate for improved gun control laws, especially since the December 2012 mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in his home state. A push in Congress for expanded background checks was stopped in the months soon afterward, when Senate Republicans successfully filibustered a bill brought forward by the then-Democratic majority.

At the last Republican debate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) bragged about his role in killing that legislation, saying that “when Harry Reid and Barack Obama came after the right to keep and bear arms of millions of Americans, I was proud to lead the fight in the United States Senate to protect our right to keep and bear arms.” Cruz made no mention of the fact that this push for expanded background checks had been introduced after 20 first graders and six of their teachers were killed in their classrooms, and of course that the “right to keep and bear arms” would not have been infringed by such legislation.

President Obama has spoken of the failure to enact gun control legislation as one of the biggest disappointments of his presidency.

Photo: Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), official photo.

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  • Insinnergy

    Keep being Proud Ted…. History is going to be an excellent judge of you.

    • Looner

      Cruz is a dangerous idiot. He has absolutely no understanding of the Constitution, and a portion of Congress needs to stop following him, or they will follow him off a cliff.

  • i2grok

    Senator Murphy, your efforts to enact common sense gun control will eventually prevail.
    Keep up the good fight.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    The Great Divide the GOP wanted is here. Now, sane, rational Americans are seeing just who in our country are promoting violence and death. We are seeing how the GOP divisionistas have blatantly displayed their ignorance and justification for killing the already born while they plead for the unborn. We have seen the enemy and the enemy is the GOP Ramboesque Mutton Chops and Corn Pones.

    This Thursday, McConnell, that good ole good ole good ole boy had the gall to try and explain away why funding for transportation is “wasteful spending” but funding for government defense contractors mostly located in Republican states is not.

    What he is really implying is that people on 1950s trains, buses and subways trying to get to work should take their lives in their hands while the good ole boys slurp mint juleps on their plantation verandas and watch their nearly free slave labor do all the dirty work.

  • rednekokie

    Thank you, congressman, for all your efforts to at least slow down the murders caused by loose gun owners and their personal penis pride in their weapons.
    Until this is stopped completely, the murders will continue, and each congress which ignores this fact will be a contributor to this horrible situation.

  • yabbed

    Good for him. We need relief in this country from the abundance of guns. There is no legitimate reason for any civilian to own a handgun or a semi automatic assault rifle. a bolt action rifle or a double barrel shotgun is sufficient for hunting and home protection. If you can’t shoot well enough to hunt with a single shot rifle or a shotgun, you shouldn’t be a hunter.

  • 1standlastword

    No defense of our ROTTEN do nothing congress with their barely double digit approval rating

    But even they know expanded background checks will not make gun free zones safer and the deranged any less inclined to exploit gun free zones.

    Places like schools, churches, and other gun free zones will ALWAYS attract the insane gunner who sees such places as a fenced in turkey shoot

    note: (I read the Oregon shooter got his guns legally; so did Lanza and Holmes and I assume they all knew their “intent” to murder is a crime against humanity. Holmes should have received the death penalty as I believe it would have made a strong impression on the fragile minds of future shooters who will kill and use diminished capacity as a defense for a life sentence)

    We would be better off trying to understand the minds and conditions that breed mass murders than making it impossible for people to mount an adequate and practice means of self protection.

    Why don’t these people attack at gun ranges!

    I think it is because the legacy of dying in a gunfight isn’t as appealing to their diseased minds’ as the infamy that comes with slaughtering innocence!

    Finally, politicians aren’t the people who should be deciding on this issue. Let states put it on the ballot…take it away from politicians. They all use it as a wedge issue. The fewer wedge issues politicians can use to get votes the more solution focused they will become!