A visibly emotional Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) pleaded with his fellow Republicans on Tuesday to agree to some kind of gun violence legislation, following a horrific shooting at an elementary school in Texas where more than a dozen children and a teacher were killed.
“Why are you spending all this time running for the United States Senate ― why are you going through all the hassle to get this job, to put yourself in a position of authority ― if your response as the slaughter escalates, then that our children run for their lives, [is that] we do nothing? Murphy said. “What are we doing? Why are you here, if not to solve a problem as existential as this?
Clasping his hands in the air, Murphy continued, “I’m here on this floor to beg, to literally get on all fours and beg my colleagues. Find a way forward here. Work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely.
Murphy was a strong advocate for gun control after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in his state, where 20 children were killed. Republicans have blocked nearly all attempts by Murphy and other Democrats to pass new gun control measures, including tougher background checks.
Police in Uvalde, Texas responded to Robb Elementary School after reporting the shooting Tuesday afternoon. The shooter, an 18-year-old man, was killed by responding officers, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R).
“He shot and killed, horribly and incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” Abbott said.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters in Washington that he planned to return home to Texas.
“There are no words to describe how horrific this is. The investigation is ongoing and thankfully the shooter is out of commission,” Cornyn said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.