Connecticut senator to talk gun laws at DNC

This frame grab provided by Senate Television shows Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. speaking on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 15, 2016.(Senate Television via AP)

PHILADELPHIA (WTNH)– Hillary Clinton is now officially the first woman nominated for president by a major political party. It became official Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

Wednesday night at the convention, one of the main speakers will be Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy. He will be saying that terrorists are using loopholes in America’s gun laws to buy weapons to kill Americans.

It’s a message he brought to the senate floor in a 15 hour filibuster last month, and it’s a message he thinks will resonate with voters as the Senator from the state where the terrible attack at Sandy Hook Elementary happened.

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It’s also an issue on which Republicans may be vulnerable. To win in primaries, Republicans running for president have to promise not to restrict gun ownership. Donald Trump was in favor of waiting periods and background checks and banning assault weapons, but then he started running for president as a Republican, so is not for those things anymore.

Senator Murphy says 90 percent of Americans want laws to keep people on the terror watch list from buying guns.

“They now see that groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda are not trying to hijack airplanes, they’re going to gun shows to buy assault weapons and they’re taking advantage of our loose gun laws,” said Murphy.

Stopping terrorists and reducing assault weapons – those are things that can also bring Democrats together. Yes, Senator Bernie Sanders has endorsed Secretary Clinton and told his supporters to vote for her, but there are still plenty of people still feeling the Bern and saying they won’t vote for Clinton.

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Murphy says he remembers Clinton supporters saying the same thing eight years ago, but they eventually got on board and voted for Barack Obama. He thinks the same thing will happen this year.

He’s not taking it for granted however. Senator Murphy says he will still campaign vigorously for Clinton in the coming months.

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