Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy is slamming his colleagues on the Senate floor, for their failure to take action on gun control. The Democrat said while thoughts and prayers are important in the wake of tragedy, in reality, they do nothing.
He called the issue of gun violence a "uniquely American problem," and denounced his colleagues for "doing nothing" in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.
The Democratic senator called it a "festering, lingering paradox" that the U.S. can lead on so many issues, and fall so far behind on protecting its own citizens. He added, quote – “There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”
White House Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she hasn’t had a chance to "dive deep" with the President on gun control legislation, but also said that now isn’t the time. At a press briefing yesterday, she offered, “Today is a day for consoling the survivors and mourning those we lost. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with all of those individuals.” Sanders went on to say that there's a time and place for a political debate, and added, “Now is the time to unite as a country. There is currently an open and ongoing law enforcement investigation. A motive is yet to be determined, and it would be premature for us to discuss policy when we don't fully know all the facts.”
Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts says he fears the silence will become an excuse for inaction. Moulton tweeted this morning, "Now is not a moment for silence; it's a time for action." Moulton was one of several Democrats who refused to take part in a moment of silence in the House for victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016. Moulton has pushed for Congress to pass gun control legislation in the past.
For those who don’t recall, Moulton was part of a group of Democrats that staged a sit-in on the House floor after the Pulse shooting, attempting to force Speaker Paul Ryan to bring gun control legislation up for a vote.
Source: USA Today