Mass shootings have unfortunately become a huge part of Senator Chris Murphy's political career.
After the 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary which resulted in the deaths of 20 children, Murphy became a staunch proponent of gun control in America.
After the recent shooting in Las Vegas which left at least 57 dead and 515 injured, Murphy immediately released a statement that put US lawmakers on blast, saying that their refusal to enact gun control laws in America is starting to look like "complicity" with firearm manufacturers.
"I think there is an unintentional endorsement that gets sent to these mass murderers when after slaughter after slaughter, Congress does nothing. If the greatest deliberative body in the world doesn’t do anything to condemn them by policy change, it starts to look like complicity."
Murphy went on to say that the pain he feels from the Sandy Hook massacre that occurred in Newton, Connecticut is still as deep as it was it happened five years ago, because Congress has "done nothing" in that time. Five years later, and now, the tragedy in Vegas happened, with current investigations indicating all of the rifles found in Paddock's room were legally purchased.
Murphy went on to call his fellow members of congress "cowards" and implored the deliberative body to "get off its ass and do something," but little has changed since the response to Sandy Hook. The CEO of the NRA back in 2012 suggested armed officers be stationed at every school; Murphy had asked for an expansion of background checks to make the process of purchasing a gun more involved. Congress ignored his proposal.
Five years later, Murphy has clearly had enough, putting lawmakers on blast by saying they're "giving quiet endorsement to these murders" all while offering "thoughts and prayers" but doing nothing else.
"My heart goes out to the victims, their families, the first responders, and the entire Las Vegas community. Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity. This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something," Murphy said.
It's difficult to imagine that Congress will continue to sweep this latest mass shooting under the rug or try to pass it off as a singular aberration. Like Murphy says, mass shootings occur all too regularly in America, and it's difficult to argue that more guns would've kept people safe in this situation.
(h/t huffington post)