“I’ve probably read 50 to 60 stories of kids being killed,” Murphy said. “The highest rate of gun deaths occurs to 19-year-olds, followed by 18-year-olds and 17-year-olds … most of them are unintentional, innocent victims. … I think a lot of people want to believe that these victims are wrapped up in crime or gangs … but that’s not true for these kids.”
Murphy admitted that the gun legislation the Senate is considering wouldn’t have prevented all of these deaths, especially those at Sandy Hook elementary, but he still urged his colleagues to support the gun-control legislation in order to attempt to make a difference.
The Senate is debating S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, which would expand background checks on gun purchases, crack down on gun trafficking and beef up security in schools. GOP senators have vowed to block that bill, claiming it goes too far and infringes on the rights of gun-owners.
The bill doesn’t include an assault weapons ban or limits on magazine clip capacity — although Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) promised votes on those provisions as amendments.
Reid is working toward an agreement with GOP senators in order to move forward with amendment votes later this week.