Chris Murphy’s Must-Read Plea Becomes A Rallying Cry For Gun Control


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.”

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