Washington Senate: Murray calls for gun control after being accused of being soft on crime during debate


Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Was put on the defensive during her debate with Republican Tiffany Smiley, which took aim at the incumbent senator’s crime record amid rising crime across the country .

“We have a crime crisis in Washington state…crime is on the rise everywhere,” Smiley said during Sunday’s debate, which comes just over a week before the month’s midterm elections. next. “My opponent, Senator Murray…she went to the Senate and she asked for funds to be diverted from our police force. And then she disappeared and she went into hiding.”

“Our cities are being destroyed by crime, our police are not supported,” Smiley continued. “In addition to the crime, we have fentanyl all over our streets…we let a humanitarian crisis unfold before our eyes, we allow people to poison themselves to death, and we do nothing.”

Smiley blamed Murray and his fellow Democrats for the rise in crime, but vowed to ensure police departments get the funding they need, repeat offenders are properly prosecuted and pledged to work to securing the border in an effort to fight the surge. crime and drug addiction.

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US Senator Patty Murray.
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Murray responded by highlighting the funds available to law enforcement in the US bailout, but also called for increased gun control in response to the crime crisis.

“In that slew of responses, you haven’t heard anything about gun violence,” Murray replied. “It’s a problem that we have to deal with. After Uvalde, we have taken a few small steps at the federal level, but we have to ban dangerous weapons. We have to ban assault weapons, we have to make sure that we have very good background checks.”

Murray also promised to tackle the mental health crisis, while Smiley replied that it was essential to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

“Crime is out of control, Senator Murray, you’re to blame… 30 years in the Senate and this is where we are, and it’s not just guns,” Smiley said.

Washington’s Senate race has tightened significantly ahead of the election, with the latest Seattle Times poll showing Murray’s Republican challenger closing 10 points since the summer and now only eight points behind.

Tiffany Smiley, Republican candidate for the US Senate in Washington.

Tiffany Smiley, Republican candidate for the US Senate in Washington.
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Murray led the poll 51-33 in July, with 16% of respondents saying they were undecided. But some of those undecided voters have apparently started to break Smiley’s way, with Murray’s lead shrinking to 49-41 with 10% of respondents saying they are still undecided.

Republican Senate candidates across the country have made gains in key races in recent weeks, turning an upper house race that once seemed to favor the Democrats into a tie with just over a week to go until the elections.

In addition to the race tightening in Washington, recent polls have shown Republican Blake Masters gaining ground on incumbent Senator Mark Kelly in Arizona, Republican Herschel Walker closing in on incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock in Georgia and Republican Mehmet Oz within striking distance. of John Fetterman in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Republican Adam Laxalt has taken the polls lead over incumbent Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada, according to the Real Clear Politics poll average.

Mehmet Oz, Republican US Senate candidate for Pennsylvania.

Mehmet Oz, Republican US Senate candidate for Pennsylvania.
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According to FiveThirtyEight’s Senate forecast, Republicans now have a 45% chance of securing a majority in the Senate, with the publication calling the race a “dead heat” starting Sunday. The odds of a Republican majority have increased significantly over the past month, with FiveThrityEight forecasts showing Democrats have a 71% chance of emerging with a majority as recently as September 19.




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