A gutted Murphy has spoken out and demanded lawmakers do what they failed to do after the deaths of 26 students and educators in Newtown, the area he represented as a congressman.
The Democrat gave an impassioned speech, urging his colleagues to finally find a compromise.
“Our hearts break for these families. Every ounce of love, thoughts and prayers we can send, we send,” said Murphy, who represented Newtown, Connecticut, where the elementary school is located. Sandy Hook, as a former U.S. Representative.
“But I’m here on this floor begging to literally get down on my knees and begging my colleagues. Find a way forward here. Work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely,” a- he declared. .
The tragedy in Texas appeared to be similar to the 2012 mass shooting in Connecticut, where 20-year-old Adam Lanza forced his way into the locked building and then killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a gun type AR-15 purchased legally. by his mother. He then committed suicide when the police arrived. Before going to school, Lanza shot and killed his mother in their Newtown home.
A report by the Connecticut Children’s Advocate said Lanza’s serious and deteriorating mental health issues, preoccupation with violence and access to guns for his mother “proved to be a recipe for mass murder.”
Advocacy groups that formed in the wake of the shooting in Connecticut expressed dismay at news of the shooting at Robb Elementary School, where at least 14 children and an educator were killed.
“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,” said Po Murray, president of the Newtown Action Alliance, 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 in Sandy Hook, it can happen anywhere. We pleaded presidents, all members of Congress, governors and state officials to strengthen federal and state gun laws to keep our families and communities safe.”
Murphy expressed hope that a compromise on gun control measures is possible.
“I understand my fellow Republicans won’t agree with anything I can support, but there’s a common denominator we can find,” he said, acknowledging that the issue of gun violence does not can be solved overnight. “But by doing something, we at least stop sending that quiet message of approval to These killer brains are breaking, who see the highest levels of government doing nothing, shooting after shooting.”
Mascaro reported from Washington.
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