Dem senator: Inaction on gun control sending 'unintentional endorsement'
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDems launch pressure campaign over migrant families Sunday shows preview: Trump readies for meeting with Putin Dems in terrible bind on Kavanaugh nomination MORE (D-Conn.) warned his colleagues on Monday that by not acting on gun control legislation they were effectively complicit in mass shootings. 
 
"Because we have done nothing, the mass shootings continue. I know these are harsh words, but I believe it in my heart; I believe there's an unintentional endorsement that gets sent to these mass murders when slaughter after slaughter Congress does nothing," Murphy said from the Senate floor.  
 
Murphy added that if the Senate doesn't act by changing gun control and background check policy "it starts to look and feel like complicity." 
 
At least 59 people were killed and more than 520 people injured during a shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night — marking the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. 
 
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Murphy has become a prominent critic of the nation’s lack of gun control. His home state had a mass shooting in 2012 when 26 people were killed in a shooting at Newtown Elementary School. 
 
Democrats are using the latest shooting to renew their push for new legislation. Murphy told reporters separately on Monday that he will introduce a background check bill. 
 
But any push to crackdown on gun control or background checks faces an uphill fight in the GOP-controlled Congress. Senators rejected a background checks amendment last year days after a shooting at a Florida nightclub. 
 
Murphy called mass shootings in the United States a "festering, lingering paradox" that the country is still suffering from. 
 
"We have become normalized and regularized to 50 people losing their lives. This is a uniquely American problem, by the way," he said. 
 
In addition to Murphy, Democratic Sens. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDems launch pressure campaign over migrant families Kavanaugh paper chase heats up Senate Dems tell Trump: Don't meet with Putin one-on-one MORE (Ill.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDem senator: Kavanaugh would 'turn back the clock' on women's health care Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Trump delivers another promise to conservatives with Supreme Court MORE Jr. (Pa.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandMidterms will show voters are tired of taking back seat to Wall Street McConnell: I won't be intimidated by protesters Dem senator: Kavanaugh would 'turn back the clock' on women's health care MORE (N.Y.) spoke about preventing gun violence from the Senate floor on Monday evening.