Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) issued a powerful reminder about the victims of gun violence during Donald Trump’s speech to the National Rifle Association.
Murphy’s state was home to one of the most horrific massacres in modern American history. Six teachers and 20 children were gunned down when Adam Lanza stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Dec. 2012.
Immediately following the Sandy Hook massacre, Barack Obama announced plans to make gun control a central issue of his remaining time in office—though time and time again, any effort to pass sensible gun laws failed in Congress. In 2014, the NRA gave money to 193 Representatives and 20 Senators, or 40 percent of the nation’s legislators.
Friday, Trump spoke to the NRA in Atlanta, Georgia, extolling the virtues of the second amendment and declaring Obama’s “eight year assault” on gun right over. But for Murphy, a longtime advocate of sensible gun laws, the speech merely served as a reminder for all the innocent lives lost to gun violence.
Here's my advice. Turn off cable. Don't watch @realDonaldTrump's NRA speech. Instead, think about who we are fighting for.— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1493401360.0
Ana Márquez-Greene, age 6 https://t.co/DUIzU3M3mG— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1493401523.0
Jessica Ghawi, age 24 https://t.co/NX2BBOcwn3— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1493401863.0
Jordan Davis, age 17 https://t.co/rVgwGA1xR1— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1493402245.0
Benjamin Wheeler, age 6 https://t.co/doMU6ic8jW— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1493402700.0
Hadiya Pendleton, age 15 https://t.co/BJ0WlPhpti— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1493403101.0
Alison Parker, age 24 https://t.co/LiBXk87x6b— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1493403438.0
Daniel Barden, age 7 https://t.co/mibt5SWKZF— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1493403775.0
Christopher Lavell Jones, age 17 https://t.co/LnjSj4Dutu— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1493404090.0
Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, age 20 https://t.co/45yrCwqKUM— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1493404269.0
Terrell Bosley, age 18 https://t.co/mpqqGZ5CpG— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1493404452.0
Dylan Hockley, age 6 https://t.co/YWd3RFQPCX— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1493404517.0
That's who we fight for. And with 90% of Americans and 80% of gun owners on our side, we can't lose. Let's get to it.— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1493404545.0