Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) gave an impassioned response to the deadly mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday, where a lone gunman killed at least 26 churchgoers and injured 20 others.
The Democratic senator, a vocal advocate for gun control, reacted to the inevitable feelings of helplessness that Americans experience after news of mass shootings.
“The paralysis you feel right now ― the impotent helplessness that washes over you as news of another mass slaughter scrolls across the television screen ― isn’t real. It’s a fiction created and methodically cultivated by the gun lobby.”
Referring to mass shootings, he added, “None of this is inevitable … It is uniquely and tragically American.”
Murphy called Congress “cowardly” and challenged his colleagues:
“How can you claim that you respect human life while choosing fealty to weapons-makers over support for measures favored by the vast majority of your constituents.”
Murphy’s comments echoed that of his colleague Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D- Conn.).
“Prayers are important but insufficient,” he wrote on Twitter. “Enough is enough.”