Senator who represented Sandy Hook begs for gun compromise after Texas shooting

25 May 2022, 00:04

An American flag flies at half-mast at the White House in Washington, to honour the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas
Texas School Shooting. Picture: PA

Senator Chris Murphy demanded that legislators do what they failed to do after 26 students and teachers were killed in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.

Connecticut US Senator Chris Murphy, who came to Congress representing Sandy Hook, has begged his colleagues to finally pass legislation that addresses the nation’s continuing gun violence problem as the country’s latest school shooting unfolded in Texas.

Mr Murphy took to the floor and demanded that legislators do what they failed to do after 26 students and teachers were killed in Newtown, the area he represented as a congressman.

The Democrat gave an impassioned speech, urging his colleagues to finally find a compromise.

“Our heart is breaking for these families. Every ounce of love and thoughts and prayers we can send, we are sending,” said Mr Murphy, who represented Newtown, Connecticut, where Sandy Hook Elementary School is located, as a former US Representative.

“But I’m here on this floor to beg, to literally get down on my hands and knees and beg my colleagues. Find a path forward here. Work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely,” he said.

The tragedy in Texas appeared to be similar to the 2012 mass shooting in Connecticut, where 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot his way into the locked building and then killed 20 first graders and six teachers with an AR-15-type rifle legally purchased by his mother.

He then killed himself as police arrived.

Before going to the school, Lanza fatally shot his mother at their Newtown home.

“I just don’t understand why people here think we’re powerless,” Mr Murphy told reporters.

“We aren’t.”

The senator said he is “so willing to bend over backwards to find compromise” on the legislation.

Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012
Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 (Jessica Hill/AP)

“I want to show this country that we care.”

A report by Connecticut’s child advocate said Lanza’s severe and deteriorating mental health problems, his preoccupation with violence and access to his mother’s weapons “proved a recipe for mass murder”.

Advocacy groups that formed in the wake of the Connecticut shooting expressed dismay at the news of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, where at least 14 children and one teacher were killed.

“We are devastated by yet another heart wrenching school shooting incident in America – this time in Uvalde, Texas, nearly 10 years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy,” said Po Murray, chair of the Newtown Action Alliance, in a written statement.

“For the past decade, we have warned all Americans, including elected politicians across the nation, that if a mass shooting can happen in Sandy Hook then it can happen anywhere. We have begged presidents, all members of Congress, governors and state representatives to strengthen the federal and state gun laws to keep our families and our communities safe.”

Mr Murphy expressed hope that compromise on gun control measures is possible.

“I understand my Republican colleagues will not agree to everything that I may support, but there is a common denominator that we can find,” he said, acknowledging the problem of gun violence cannot be solved overnight.

By Press Association

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