Politics Murphy: 'No one is safe' until Congress acts on gun violence

02:05  06 november  2017
02:05  06 november  2017 Source:   The Hill

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"The terrifying fact is that no one is safe so long as Congress chooses to do absolutely nothing in the face of this epidemic," Murphy said in a lengthy statement, stressing that time to act "is now." “As my colleagues go to sleep tonight, they need to think about whether the political support of the gun

There is perhaps no one in Congress who cares more deeply about the issue of gun violence than Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and he's extremely concerned about the rate of mass shootings in the United States in 2017.

Murphy: 'No one is safe' until Congress acts on gun violence © Provided by The Hill Murphy: 'No one is safe' until Congress acts on gun violence Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who has emerged as a leading advocate for gun control, made an emotional appeal on Sunday for Congress to address gun violence in the wake of the deadly church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

"The terrifying fact is that no one is safe so long as Congress chooses to do absolutely nothing in the face of this epidemic," Murphy said in a lengthy statement, stressing that time to act "is now."

"As my colleagues go to sleep tonight, they need to think about whether the political support of the gun industry is worth the blood that flows endlessly onto the floors of American churches, elementary schools, movie theaters, and city streets.

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In an interview on CNN’s Newsroom just days after two journalists were fatally shot on live television, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called on Congress to act “in any way, shape or form” to reduce gun violence in America.

"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," he said, addressing his congressional colleagues," he wrote.

Murphy pointed to a list of recent mass shootings that have left Americans feeling unsafe. He mentioned the nation's deadliest mass shooting that took place last month when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people.

He also mentioned the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting that took place in his home state, in which a gunman opened fire on young school kids in Newtown, Conn., killing 20 children and six staff members.

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NBC reports that Murphy insisted " Congress get off its ass and do something." Everytown For Gun Safety is an organization that works toward the prevention of gun violence . According to Everytown, the SHARE Act would deregulate gun silencer safety laws.

Bernie Sanders of Vermont and several Senate Democrats have urged Congress to legislate gun c 29, the Gun Violence Archive had recorded 244 mass shootings across the U.S. in 2017. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who became a vocal advocate for stricter gun laws following the Sandy Hook

"My heart sunk to the pit of my stomach, once again, when I heard of today's shooting in Texas. 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," he wrote, referring to the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting and the Charleston church massacre.

The Connecticut lawmaker blamed powerful gun lobbying efforts for leaving Americans with a helpless feeling in the face of "mass slaughter," arguing that the nation's unprecedented levels of "mass carnage" will not abate unless lawmakers take action.

"The paralysis you feel right now - the impotent helplessness that washes over you as news of another mass slaughter scrolls across the television screen - isn't real. It's a fiction created and methodically cultivated by the gun lobby, designed to assure that no laws are passed to make America safer, because those laws would cut into their profits," he wrote.

Murphy's statement comes shortly after reports revealed multiple people were killed after a gunman opened fire at a Baptist church not far outside San Antonio, according to reports.

Other Democratic lawmakers have also renewed their calls to curb gun violence with reform in the wake of the church shooting.

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