Congress needs to ‘get off its ass’ and take action on gun violence

❝ Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called for Congress to “get off its ass and do something” about gun violence after the deadly Las Vegas mass shooting that left at least 58 people dead.

Murphy, who emerged as a leading figure in the push for gun control legislation after the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in his state of Connecticut, said it was “positively infuriating” that Congress had failed to pass laws to stop gun violence.

❝ “Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity. Last night’s massacre may go down as the deadliest in our nation’s history, but already this year there have been more mass shootings than days in the year…”

“This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference.”
“It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something,” Murphy said.

❝ Murphy has been a major proponent for legislation on gun control in the Senate. He held an hours-long filibuster on the Senate floor in June 2016 to protest the body’s inaction on gun control legislation.

He also introduced a bill that same month that would expand background checks for most gun sales in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., but the legislation failed to pass.

As someone who has owned guns for about 60 years, I agree with Senator Murphy. Except I would have interjected their “dead ass” and “get to work”. Take it back to the day Barack Obama was elected and Mitch McConnell promised Congress would accomplish nothing – if he could stop it.

He got to where he could do that. No Republicans had the guts to oppose him or the more fascist-minded crew from the Tea Party. Now, of that institution is dedicated to opposing the will of the people. Whether supporting gerrymandered districts to guarantee elections for the few over the many or refusing electoral reform which would put candidates getting the most votes into office…Republicans and conservative Democrats are united in their phony 2-Party democracy in pushing back against progress.

4 thoughts on “Congress needs to ‘get off its ass’ and take action on gun violence

  1. keaneo says:

    Not certain which is loonier, this dude’s family background… I believe his father may still be on the FBI’s MOST WANTED list (though he died years ago :}…. No worries. He passed his NRA-style background checks for lots of guns ‘n ammo.

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  2. Déjà vu says:

    “In the hours following a violent rampage in Las Vegas in which a lone attacker killed more than 50 individuals and seriously injured 400 others, citizens living in the only country where this kind of mass killing routinely occurs reportedly concluded Monday that there was no way to prevent the massacre from taking place. “This was a terrible tragedy, but sometimes these things just happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them,” said Iowa resident Kyle Rimmels, echoing sentiments expressed by tens of millions of individuals who reside in a nation where over half of the world’s deadliest mass shootings have occurred in the past 50 years and whose citizens are 20 times more likely to die of gun violence than those of other developed nations. “It’s a shame, but what can we do? There really wasn’t anything that was going to keep these individuals from snapping and killing a lot of people if that’s what they really wanted.” At press time, residents of the only economically advanced nation in the world where roughly two mass shootings have occurred every month for the past eight years were referring to themselves and their situation as “helpless.” See also “Americans Hopeful This Will Be Last Mass Shooting Before They Stop On Their Own For No Reason” in sidebar, also “Targets” (1968)

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