HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, who came to Congress on behalf of Sandy Hook, pleaded with his colleagues to finally pass legislation that addresses the continuing problem of gun violence in fire in the country last school shooting It unfolded Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas.
A gutted Murphy took the floor and demanded that lawmakers do what they failed to do after 26 students and educators were killed in Newtown, the area he represented as a congressman.
The Democrat delivered an impassioned speech, urging his colleagues to finally find a compromise.
“Our hearts are breaking for these families. Every ounce of love, thoughts and prayers that we can send, we are sending,” said Murphy, who represented Newtown, Conn., where Sandy Hook Elementary School is located, as a former US representative.
“But I am here on this floor to beg you to literally get down on your knees and beg my colleagues. Find a way forward here. Please work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely,” she said.
The tragedy in Texas appeared to be similar to the 2012 mass shooting in Connecticut, where 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot his way into the locked building and then killed 20 first graders and six educators with an AR-type rifle. 15 purchased legally. by his mother Then he killed himself when the police arrived. Before going to school, Lanza fatally shot his mother at their Newtown home.
“I just don’t understand why people here think we’re powerless,” Murphy told reporters. “We are not”.
Murphy said he is “very willing to go to any lengths to find a compromise” on the legislation. “I want to show that these want to show this country that we care.”
A report from the Connecticut Children’s Advocate said Lanza’s serious and deteriorating mental health issues, his concern about violence and his mother’s access to guns “proved a recipe for mass murder.”
Advocacy groups that formed in the wake of the Connecticut shooting expressed dismay at news of the shooting at Robb Elementary School, which killed at least 14 children and an educator.
“We are devastated by another heartbreaking school shooting in America, this time in Uvalde, Texas, nearly 10 years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy,” Po Murray, president of the Newtown Action Alliance, said in a written statement. . . “For the past decade, we have warned all Americans, including elected politicians across the country, that if a mass shooting can happen at Sandy Hook, then it can happen anywhere. We have pleaded with presidents, all members of Congress, governors and state representatives to strengthen federal and state gun laws to keep our families and communities safe.”
Murphy expressed his hope that an agreement on arms control measures could be reached.
“I understand that my Republican colleagues will not agree with everything I can support, but there is a common denominator that we can find,” he said, acknowledging that the problem of gun violence cannot be solved overnight. “But by doing something, we will at least stop sending this silent message of support to these brain-racking killers who see the highest levels of government doing nothing, shooting after shooting.”