(WTNH) — Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) was planning on taking part in the charity baseball game that Representative Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) was practicing for when a gunman opened fire, striking four people including Scalise.
Murphy says he’s played the game for ten years with Scalise, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for a number of charities for children. The charity baseball game has been around for over one hundred years, and is scheduled to take place tomorrow night at National Park.
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Both Connecticut Senators said it is a somber mood in Washington DC. Senator Richard Blumenthal said, “We all feel the sense of shock and horror at this absolutely brutal devastating attack.” Senator Chris Murphy added, “There is a capitol police presence every morning at our practice it gives me a sense of safety but you never think that the police are going actually be called in to duty to protect you.”
Senator Blumenthal added, “We are seeking to absorb the emotions we feel working together– putting aside our partisan differences.”
Both told News 8 their colleagues’ safety is their priority.
Senator Murphy added, “Obviously we try to be careful but that’s the risk of taking a job like this. You are out there in the public, you have people who very often aren’t happy with you.”
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Senator Blumenthal said, “I have been in public life for many years. I help to enforce the law as attorney general and I have never felt afraid for my safety. I will never change my practice of being available and accessible.”
Senator Murphy told News 8, there needs to be tighter gun laws.
There’s 80 shootings that result in somebody dying in this country every single day so my position is based on the data, is based on the evidence of what works across the country and across the world to try to reduce shootings.”
He added the mass shootings happen way too often.
Murphy said, “And they will be until we step up to the plate and do our job as members of congress to try to change the laws to protect our fellow citizens.” Senator Blumenthal agrees. “I have spent decades working for stronger measures to control gun violence and I am redoubled in my determination to continue that effort,” added Senator Blumenthal.
Wednesday, the Sandy Hook Promise Gala is being held in Washington. It is an annual event for the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation. Senator Murphy will be in attendance.