Democratic lawmakers called for swift congressional action in response to the Las Vegas shooting that left at least 50 dead — the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history — with Sen. Chris Murphy saying it is “time for Congress to get off its ass and do something” on gun control.
Murphy, who led a filibuster on the Senate floor last June in protest of legislative inaction following the Pulse club shooting, called it “cruelly hollow” for politicians to not back up their words of sympathy with a governmental response.
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“This must stop,” Murphy said in a statement Monday morning. “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.”
He added: “It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”
The renewed call for gun control legislation was echoed by the other senator from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, who said in a statement he is “furious” at congressional inaction in the face of continued mass shootings.
“Although many details of this mass shooting remain unclear, one thing is certain: Yet again, we are watching in horror as another American community is torn apart by the terrible devastation wrought by a gunman,” Blumenthal said.
A shooter unleashed a deadly barrage on a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night, killing at least 50 and injuring at least 400 people. Law enforcement agencies later announced the suspected shooter had killed himself prior to a raid on his hotel room, which overlooked the event.
Both Blumenthal and Murphy have been outspoken in their calls for increased gun regulation, a topic that hit close to home for the lawmakers in 2012 when a shooter killed 20 children and several school officials at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren echoed the sentiments of Murphy and Blumenthal, saying that “thoughts & prayers are NOT enough.”