Connecticut Sens. Chris Murphy (D) and Richard Blumenthal (D) on Thursday said it was “shameful” that Congress hasn’t passed new gun control legislation.
The two senators represent the state where 20 first graders were killed in a December 2012 shooting that led to a new fight over gun control measures in Washington.
“Every day, more and more people are lost to gun violence, and the need for common-sense anti-gun violence measures becomes more and more clear,” Murphy said Thursday. “It’s shameful that Congress still refuses to listen to the overwhelming majority of the American people who support strengthening life saving federal background check laws.”
After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, the two senators have chided Congress for not passing any gun control reforms.
Shortly after the incident, the Senate came close to passing bipartisan legislation that would have expanded background checks for all gun sales, including those made online. But after the National Riffle Association strongly opposed the bill, it failed to overcome a 60-vote hurdle to advance the measure.
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