“There are so many weapons on our streets today — most of them there illegally — that these things happen day in and day out,” Murphy said. “3,966 people have died since Newtown, and our response is nothing.”
“This body though has — in the days since Sandy Hook — has done nothing,” Murphy said. “We debated a bill that was supported by 90 percent of Americans … just to make sure criminals and the mentally ill didn’t get their hands on guns, but that measure failed.”
S.649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act would have expanded background checks on gun purchases, cracked down on gun trafficking and beefed up security in schools. GOP senators blocked that bill, claiming it went too far and infringed on the rights of gun owners.
Murphy vowed to continue to come to the floor to highlight the stories of victims of gun violence until Congress acts.
“The everyday deaths that occur in our nation have kind of become like rain drops in this country,” Murphy said. “I’m going to come to the floor, week after week … and I am going to give voice to those victims.”
Murphy said he is optimistic that the Senate will revisit the legislation later this year.
“There has been some level of optimism that we have the capacity to revisit this legislation later this year,” Murphy said. “I hope that that’s the case.”