Connecticut senators frustrated with lack of gun laws after mass shootings

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, where he launched a filibuster demanding a vote on gun control measures. (Senate Television via AP)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The events in Nevada are fueling new debate about guns and gun control. Connecticut’s two U.S. senators are weighing in on the issue and they are both on the same page.

Frustration…that’s what was discussed. And pain. A pain the people of Connecticut know all too well.

When a mass shooting claimed 27 lives in Newtown less than 5 years ago, many thought it was going to change things. Especially since 20 of those victims were only 6 or 7 years old. It did change a few state laws, but Connecticut’s congressional delegation pushed for changes in federal gun laws. It did not happen.

Related: Connecticut Citizens Defense League: No need for more laws on guns

As more and worse mass shooting keep happening, it leaves those politicians, as Senator Richard Blumenthal put it, “frustrated and furious.”

“Nothing has changed since Newtown. Congress has been complicit when we had numerous opportunities and many reasons to make America safer and adopt common sense measures that 90% of America support,” said Blumenthal.

“The hurt is deep, the scars are wide in Newtown, but they are made wider by the fact that this body in four and a half years has done absolutely nothing to reduce the likelihood of another mass shooting,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, (D) Connecticut.

Related: Las Vegas shooting reopens old wounds for Sandy Hook first responders

Those are two members of congress, both admitting that congress has failed the American people, and that the American people should be furious about that. Everyone agrees that prayers and thoughts help, and the victims and their families deserve nothing but the best wishes, but this trend toward bigger and bigger body counts is truly alarming.

When Sandy Hook happened, Virginia Tech was the only mass shooting that had claimed more lives in US history. Less than 5 years later, we’ve had two mass shootings with far more deaths.

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