Hartford, Cannes. (AP) is a U.S. senator who came to Congress to represent the Connecticut community, where 26 elementary school students …
Hartford, Cannes. (AP) – A U.S. senator who came to Congress representing the Connecticut community where 26 elementary school students and teachers were killed nearly a decade ago on Tuesday asked his colleagues to pass a law addressing violence with the use of weapons.
The mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uwald, Texas, nearly 2,000 miles (3,200 km) from Newtown, Connecticut, seemed to residents and officials too familiar to see much like the 2012 attack on a single gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School. .
Senator Chris Murphy addressed the Senate on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to do what they failed to do after 20 children died on Dec. 14, 2012, mostly 6 or 7 years old, and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut. have failed to pass serious gun violence laws since the collapse of the Senate’s bipartisan activities following this massacre.
“What are we doing?” Murphy asked. The Democrat, who represented Newtown while working for the U.S. Congressman, urged his colleagues to find a compromise.
“I’m here on this floor to ask – literally get on my knees – to ask my colleagues. Find your way forward here. Work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely, ”he said.
“I just don’t understand why people think we’re powerless,” Murphy told reporters later. “We are not.”
He said he was working with colleagues – including Republican Sen. John Cornin of Texas – to see if they could garner any bipartisan support for gun laws.
Although President Democratic Party Joe Biden has little control over Congress, bills on gun violence have been blocked from Republican opposition in the Senate.
Last year, the House of Representatives passed two bills to expand the inspection of firearms purchases. One could close the loophole for private and online sales; another would extend the review review period. Both were bored in the 50-50 Senate, where Democrats need at least 10 Republican votes to overcome the writer’s objections.
Tuesday’s tragedy in Texas was similar to the shooting at Sandy Hook when on December 14, 2012, a 20-year-old man broke into a closed school and then killed 20 first-graders and six adults with an AR-15 rifle. acquired by his mother legally. He killed himself when police arrived. Before going to school, he fatally shot his mother at their home in Newtown.
“My son never came home from Sandy Hook. My heart bleeds for Texas as I relive Dylan’s murder, ”wrote Nicole Hockley, Sandy Hook’s father, in an article for USA Today.
In February, the families of nine Sandy Hook victims reached a $ 73 million agreement in a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the rifle used in the shooting. The Remington case, filed in 2015, has been closely watched by gun control advocates, gun rights advocates and manufacturers because of its ability to provide a road map for victims of other shootings to sue firearm manufacturers.
Families and survivors argued that the company should never have sold such dangerous weapons to the public. They said their focus is on preventing future mass shootings, forcing gun companies to take more responsibility for their products and the way they sell them on the market.
“I hope more people rise up and demand action, demand change and stop just accepting tweets of thoughts and prayers. It will not save lives. It won’t bring people back, ”said Erica Lafferty, daughter of Don Lafferty Hochsprung, the murdered director of Sandy Hook.
“It’s really just a point to talk about guns and what people think they need to say instead of action,” she told the Associated Press.
Lafferty, head of the Everytown weapons security program and a proponent of universal scrutiny, said she decided to give up media talks a couple of years ago after a series of mass shootings.
On Tuesday, struck by acquaintances with elementary school aerial news footage and the fact that the victims included second-graders and educators such as her mother, Lafferty thought she would also try to digest what happened in Texas in private. order. .
“I think it lasted five minutes before I heard my mom’s voice in my head,‘ Stay back, baby. This is definitely your time, ”Lafferty said.
Advocacy groups formed after Sandy Hook also expressed concern when news of the shooting spread.
“Over the past decade, we have warned all Americans, including elected politicians across the country, that if a mass shooting could take place in Sandy Hook, it could happen anywhere,” said Poe Murray, chairman of the Newtown Action Alliance. statement.
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, tweeted that “senseless violence will only stop if Congress combines thoughts and prayers with action.”
Murphy acknowledged that the problem of gun violence will not be solved overnight. But, he said, it can be solved.
“I understand that my fellow Republicans won’t agree on everything I can support, but there is a common denominator we can find,” Murphy said. “But in doing something, we are at least stopping sending this quiet message of approval to these killers, who are breaking their brains, seeing that the highest levels of government are doing nothing, shooting for gunfire.”
Mascaro reported from Washington. Associated Press writer David Collins contributed to this report.
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