Senate Democrats pay tribute to victims of mass shootings

Senate Democrats pay tribute to victims of mass shootings
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Senate Democrats paid tribute to mass shooting victims on Wednesday by reading their names into the record on the Senate floor two days after a man opened fire at a Boulder, Colo., supermarket, killing 10.

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Democrats ramp up pressure for infrastructure deal amid time crunch Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan MORE (D-Conn.) encouraged lawmakers to read the names of all victims of mass shootings so far this year in part to highlight to Republicans how many have died from gun violence.

“I am hopeful that I will be joined by a number of my colleagues to do something simple. Just to read into the record, permanent congressional record, the names of those that have died just in 2021,” Murphy said on the Senate floor. “I don’t think America has ever seen this rate of gun violence with the exception of wartime.”

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The Boulder shooting killed 10 people, including a police officer, at a King Soopers supermarket. Another mass shooting in Georgia took the lives of eight people.

Murphy said reading the names would enter them into the congressional record.  

The shootings have renewed calls to ban assault weapons and offer other types of gun legislation, but efforts are likely to stall.