Newtown congressman issues devastating reminder about gun violence during Trump's NRA speech
Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut (Brookings Institute/Flickr)

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.