Sen. Chris Murphy: Mass shootings are Congress' fault

 aol.com  2/15/2018 2:25:00 AM   AOL Staff

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) addressed his colleagues on Wednesday after a shooter opened fire at a South Florida high school, leaving at least 17 people dead. 

Murphy, a fierce gun control advocate who had just been elected to the Senate when the Sandy Hook massacre took place in his home state, blamed congressional inaction for the events that unfolded in Parkland, Florida. 

“This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America,” he said. “This epidemic of mass slaughter ... it only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction.”

**Click through the following slides to see how lawmakers and well-known figures responded to the shooting on February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.**

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My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or an… https://t.co/RFJxgM1jhm
My heart is broken again — this time for the victims of the Parkland school shooting, and the families whose childr… https://t.co/cZcyDaUIUV
No words, no actions, no laws are enough until we end this epidemic of school shootings in our country. My heart is… https://t.co/tjXGNhDN4e
April 16, 2007, was the worst day of my life—when 32 people were shot and killed at Virginia Tech. Nearly 11 years… https://t.co/c3cBLo8HKF
My heart is heavy over the school shooting in Florida. Keeping all affected in my thoughts & prayers.
Don't tell me tomorrow isn't the appropriate time to debate gun violence. If you're a political leader doing nothin… https://t.co/iLM5dP8YW7
Heard the word “tragedy” 100 times already about the school shooting - not really, by the classical definition: tra… https://t.co/asfO6NFmkz
Praying for the innocent lives lost, their families and the Parkland, Florida community in the wake of today’s unspeakable tragedy.
Another senseless tragedy at an American school. My heart is with the victims and their families. When will we wake… https://t.co/QFLOKCDwZU
Praying for everyone at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Just spoke with Broward Undersheriff to ensure they h… https://t.co/lXBLWVHVCS
Just spoke with @POTUS about shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. My thoughts and prayers are with the… https://t.co/Lum03FQg79
The accounts from today's school shooting in Parkland, Florida strike fear into all Americans. Is it safe to send o… https://t.co/6gbokHm4j2
Sen. Chris Murphy addresses Florida school shooting on Senate floor: "Let me just note once again for my colleagues… https://t.co/sZEKbUPvqY
If people can blame drug dealers for the drug problem then we can blame the @NRA for the mass shooting problem.
Yeah, it’s pretty rough to talk about shootings right after they happen. I know if someone was burning down house… https://t.co/eFbx9wtHlJ
I’m horrified by the reports coming from Parkland, Florida. Please take a moment to pray for the victims and first… https://t.co/t0TqSWZZVM
Relieved that the shooter is in custody. Praying for the victims and their families during this harrowing experien… https://t.co/I4BQ1bGscQ
Please join me in praying for the students, faculty, and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as… https://t.co/dlvULnKn6E
It’s so easy these days to just scroll by a story like this. But this is developing and we should pay attention. Th… https://t.co/RgxgC5ZEuj
Devastating news from Florida. As further details emerge, join me in praying for everyone at Marjory Stoneman Dougl… https://t.co/5jrawYUYSq
Another school shooting. Sad. Prayers to the families #ParklandShooting
Just reading about the shooting at the High School in Parkland, Florida. Thoughts & prayers with all those affecte… https://t.co/OWtOUJgBhx
We have to do more to protect our children our teachers our families our people, no Matter what ! 🙏🇺🇸
We’ve been praying. It’s time to work. It’s time to change. Faith + works. Prayer + action. https://t.co/J5e2Y0DL8i
Prayers to everyone in Parkland Florida 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Today is the day that inevitably comes when your prayers don't do anything to prevent it, but your vote might. https://t.co/1HBkioPDcA
These lawmakers took the most money $$ from the @NRA https://t.co/TzJtZ5lgMq
Praying for all impacted by the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward, especially th… https://t.co/Qe8PhyTev4
My heart goes out to the victims who were killed or injured, and their families, in the school shooting in Florida.
Our prayers go out to the families and friends of victims in Florida.
My heart goes out to all those affected by the shooting in Florida. I am praying for these precious children and th… https://t.co/3oPyygSjaq
My heart breaks again today at news of the school shooting in Florida. It's long past time for action to stop the g… https://t.co/w0KCn7RYu7

Pointing to himself and his colleagues, he continued, “We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else.”

Since 20 students and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, were killed in December 2012, Murphy has dedicated his legislative career to fighting for gun control. Congress has failed to pass any gun control reforms since Sandy Hook, but Murphy continues to push the issue. He told HuffPost last year that he wouldn’t consider himself successful until he delivered some progress.

In Florida, law enforcement said a suspect, identified as Nikolas Cruz, was in custody.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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