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Murphy Calls Out ‘Fealty to Gun-Makers’ After Texas Massacre

‘None of this is inevitable,’ Connecticut senator says after gunman kills more than 20 during church service

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., talks with reporters in the Capitol after the Senate policy luncheons in October. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy slammed his colleagues for their “fealty to gun-makers” after the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday that left 26 people dead.

“None of this is inevitable. I know this because no other country endures this pace of mass carnage like America,” the Connecticut Democrat said in a statement.

Murphy has been one of Congress’ most vocal supporters for stronger gun regulation since the 2012 school at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killed 20 children and six adults dead. The school was in his congressional district when Murphy was in the House.

“Ask yourself — how can you claim that you respect human life while choosing fealty to weapons-makers over support for measures favored by the vast majority of your constituents,” Murphy said about his colleagues in the Senate in his statement released after Sunday’s massacre.

The shooting comes a little more than a month after a gunman opened fire from a hotel window in Las Vegas and killed 58 people and injured 546 more. 

“My heart dropped further when I thought about the growing macabre club of families in Las Vegas and Orlando and Charleston and Newtown, who have to relive their own day of horror every time another mass killing occurs,” Murphy said, referencing other deadly mass shootings.

Last year, Murphy conducted a filibuster for almost 15 hours calling for tighter gun legislation in light of the shooting in at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which at the time was the deadliest mass shooting.

The shootings in Last Vegas last month now tops that list.

Similarly, Sen. Jeff Flake, the retiring Republican, said on CNN he would support some gun legislation.

"I've felt for a long time Congress needs to act with regard to background checks and mental health issues," he said. "I've never felt anybody who is on a no-fly list should be able to get a gun."

Flake also said Congress should take action on regulating bump stocks since efforts have largely stalled.

In Roll Call's examination of where members stood on bump stocks, the Arizona Republican did not respond to request for comment.

Many Democrats though, such as Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin and Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, also had harsh words, saying history would judge inaction.

Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts also tweeted that since the shooter had a history of domestic violence that it should be easy to agree people with domestic violence history should not have a gun.

Rep. Pramilya Jayapal of Washington State quote-tweeted House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, saying that the people of Sutherland "don't need our prayers."

 

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