Like most Oughout. S. lawmakers, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., reacted in horror in order to news of the deadly mass capturing at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday. As opposed to most, Murphy focused his outrage on the stranglehold he believes the particular National Rifle Association holds in the fellow members of Congress.
âThe paralysis you feel right now â the impotent helplessness that washes over you as news of another mass slaughter scrolls across the television screen â isnât real,â Murphy said in a statement. âItâs a fiction created and methodically cultivated by the gun lobby, designed to assure that no laws are passed to make America safer, because those laws would cut into their profits.â
Sen. @ChrisMurphyCT: âThe paralysis you feel right now â¦ isnât real. Itâs a fiction created and methodically cultivated by the gun lobby.â
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Officials state at least 26 people were killed plus 20 others injured when a gunman opened fire on the congregation within Sutherland Springs, a small town 30 miles south of San Antonio, in the worst mass shooting within Texas state history, and the deadliest at any house of worship within U. S. history.
âMy heart sunk to the pit of my stomach, once again, when I heard of todayâs shooting in Texas,â Murphy said. âMy heart dropped further when I thought about the growing macabre club of families in Las Vegas and Orlando and Charleston and Newtown, who have to relive their own day of horror every time another mass killing occurs.â
Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook primary school in Newtown, Conn. â? one of the deadliest school shootings within U. S. history. A group of making it through family members from Sandy Hook had been cheering on runners at Sundayâs New York City marathon when they learned from the shooting in Texas.
âNone of this is inevitable,â Murphyâs statement continued. âI know this because no other country endures this pace of mass carnage like America. It is uniquely and tragically American. As long as our nation chooses to flood [the country] with dangerous weapons and consciously let those weapons fall into the hands of dangerous people, these killings will not abate.â
The gunman, recognized by multiple media outlets because Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of recent Braunfels, Texas, was found lifeless after a vehicular pursuit that started outside the church when an armed neighbors confronted him.
Police say several weapons were found in Kelleyâs automobile. Police recovered a semi-automatic gun outside the church, which they say this individual used to carry out the killings.
âAs my colleagues go to sleep tonight, they need to think about whether the political support of the gun industry is worth the blood that flows endlessly onto the floors of American churches, elementary schools, movie theaters, and city streets,â Murphy said. âAsk yourself â 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?â
Late last 30 days, Murphy introduced legislation to increase background checks on those purchasing weaponry at gun shows, citing the particular recent mass shooting in Vegas and the one in Newtown.
âMy heart breaks for Sutherland Springs. Just like it still does for Las Vegas. And Orlando. And Charleston. And Aurora. And Blacksburg. And Newtown,â Murphy added. âJust like it does every night for Chicago. And New Orleans. And Baltimore. And Bridgeport. The terrifying fact is that no one is safe so long as Congress chooses to do absolutely nothing in the face of this epidemic. The time is now for Congress to shed its cowardly cover and do something.â