Murphy: ‘Congress has to get off their ass’

Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Members of Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation say that congress is failing the public in common sense ways to prevent mass shootings even ones that may have connections to terrorism.

Connecticut’s junior U.S. Senator chose some terse language today in describing the people he works with in Washington. “Congress has to get off their ass and start working on behalf of the American people to stop this mass slaughter,” said U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)

Connecticut’s two U.S. Senators and two U.S. Representatives joined together Friday to condemn their Washington colleagues for their failure Thursday to close the so-called “watch list loophole.”

Just 24 hours after the shootings at San Bernardino, senate republicans blocked amendments that would have closed background check loopholes that permit those on the terror watch list to legally purchase explosives and guns. “Sympathies are important, praying is important, but members of Congress don’t get elected in order to send out sympathy tweets,” added Murphy. 

“Over 2,000 people on the terrorist watch list have legally been permitted to buy weapons in the last fifteen years,” U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District) said.

And as we approach the third anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook that took the lives of 20 children and six adults, Connecticut’s members of Congress lamented that efforts to ban the type of weapon used by Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza and the shooters in San Bernardino have still been stalled.

“In those three years the House of Representatives has never, never, taken a vote,” said U.S. Rep. John Larson (D-1st District). “Yesterday proved that the United States Congress is still hostage to the gun lobby it’s that simple,” said U.S. Senator Dick Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

Scott Wilson, the head of the state’s largest gun rights organization, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League says; “These failed legislators are ignoring the terror ties while at the same time working to import more potential terrorists…they work to ban the simplest means of protection for American citizens who follow the law.”

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