Murphy: 'Scourge of school shooting after shooting' only happens in US

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 15, 2018

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy called out Congress for not doing enough to prevent mass shootings.

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) addressed the Senate earlier today and said that Congress should be held responsible for the "epidemic of mass slaughter" in the United States, in regard to the school shooting that occurred in Southern Florida earlier today.

Murphy originally meant to address the Senate on immigration matters, but he made a decision to chide his colleagues for not doing enough to enact stronger gun laws. Since 2000, there have been more than 130 shootings at elementary, middle and high schools, and 58 more at colleges and universities, The Washington Post reported. "This epidemic of mass slaughter - this scourge of school shooting after school shooting. It only happens here, not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a effect of our inaction", he said. At least 14 people were reported injured; there also were reports of "a number of fatalities".

Murphy has emerged as a leading figure in the push for gun control legislation after the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in his home state of CT in 2012. He has served as a USA senator for the state since 2013.

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Since the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that killed over a dozen first-graders, Murphy has been a staunch fighter for better gun laws, including holding an hours-long filibuster with the help of many of his Senate colleagues.

Last November, Murphy and a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would improve the federal government's background check system, making it harder for criminals to access firearms through inefficient loopholes in the present system.

Gun control remains a hot-button political issue on Capitol Hill.

"As a parent, it scares me to death that [Congress] doesn't take seriously the safety of my children", Murphy said Wednesday, "and it seems like a lot of parents in South Florida are going to be asking that same question later today".

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