Connecticut Sens. Chris MurphyChris MurphyDem senators call for sanctions on Congo Overnight Healthcare: Momentum on mental health? | Zika bills head to conference | Only 10 ObamaCare co-ops left Senators hope for deal soon on mental health bill MORE (D) and Richard Blumenthal (D) on Thursday said it was "shameful" that Congress hasn't passed new gun control legislation.
The two senators represent the state where 20 first graders were killed in a December 2012 shooting that led to a new fight over gun control measures in Washington.
“Every day, more and more people are lost to gun violence, and the need for common-sense anti-gun violence measures becomes more and more clear,” Murphy said Thursday. “It's shameful that Congress still refuses to listen to the overwhelming majority of the American people who support strengthening life saving federal background check laws.”
Shortly after the incident, the Senate came close to passing bipartisan legislation that would have expanded background checks for all gun sales, including those made online. But after the National Riffle Association strongly opposed the bill, it failed to overcome a 60-vote hurdle to advance the measure.
“Universal background checks should be common ground for both sides of the gun violence debate,” Blumenthal said. “Fifteen states enacted toughened gun laws in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, but our borders are porous, and states like Connecticut with responsible common-sense laws remain victim to the least common denominator — laws of neighboring states. Federal action is needed, and history is on our side.”
The senators’ remarks were prompted by the release of a study that found the repeal of Missouri’s background check law has resulted in nearly 60 more homicides a year — a 16 percent increase.
“This data clearly shows that weakening background checks laws leads to more guns getting into the wrong hands, too often with deadly results,” Murphy said.