Murphy, Blumenthal Lead Gun Legislation Charge After Deadly Vegas ShootingOctober 3, 2017
Following the worst mass shooting in American history, Connecticut's U.S. senators are some of the loudest in the Democratic Party on gun legislation.
Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are leading the charge on new gun legislation this week, following an attack in Las Vegas, Nevada that killed at least 59, already the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Politico reported on Monday night that Murphy is introducing new legislation:
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Monday he was planning to introduce legislation to strengthen background checks on gun purchases, following the massacre at a Las Vegas music festival that has become the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Murphy, the Senate’s chief gun control advocate, said he was still hashing out details of the new background checks legislation and wouldn’t introduce it imminently.
Murphy also made headlines for saying Congress needs to “get off its ass and do something.” He also called his colleagues cowards in a tweet:
To my colleagues: your cowardice to act cannot be whitewashed by thoughts and prayers.
None of this ends unless we do something to stop it.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 2, 2017
Blumenthal, for his part, called for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in an interview on MSNBC, according to the Washington Free Beacon:
“Making the purchase or use of silencers easier is supposed to be good for the ears of the folks who are shooting,” Blumenthal said. “What a travesty when you think that the reason that those folks ran from those gun shots is they could hear them. This legislation ought to be a nonstarter.”
“We ought to have an agenda of common sense steps to stop gun violence, including a ban on assault weapons and the high-capacity magazines that are used for these mass killings,” Blumenthal said. “Assault weapons have no purpose but to maim and kill human beings. They’re weapons of war and, of course, background checks for everyone who buys a gun, especially to keep them out of the hands of dangerous people.”
It remains to be seen whether the legislation pushed by Murphy and Blumenthal will receive a vote in Congress. Republicans lead both chambers, and Congress failed to pass gun control legislation following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown.
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