CT Sen. Murphy Optimistic Senate Will Pass Gun Background Checks: ‘Don’t Count Us Out’

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, on U.S. policy in a changing Middle East. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) speaks during a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on September 24, 2020. (Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images)
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Though Congress has repeatedly failed to enact gun reform, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), one of the leading voices for gun control in wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in his state in 2012, predicted on Tuesday night that this time will be different after the recent shootings in Colorado and Georgia.

Murphy told CNN that he believed Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused to bring background checks to a vote while as the chamber’s majority leader because he was “afraid” there would be 60 votes to pass the legislation, enough to bypass its main roadblock: the Senate filibuster.

Many GOP senators are faced with the choice between a majority of their constituents supporting background checks and “the declining power of the gun lobby,” Murphy said.

He asserted that those senators would side with the constituents.

“I’ve been talking with Republicans all day. We’re going to see if we can get something to the floor that will get 60 votes,” the Democratic senator said.

“But don’t count us out,” he added. “Just because we’ve failed in the past doesn’t mean we’ll fail this year. A lot of things have changed.”

The House’s recently passed legislation on expanding background checks faces an uphill climb thanks to the filibuster, which requires 10 Republican senators to side with all 50 of their Democratic colleagues.

And not all of those Democrats are on board with the legislation either: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said on Tuesday that he doesn’t support the House’s bills “at all.”

Still, Congress faces increasing pressure to take action on gun violence after one shooter killed eight people in three spas in the Atlanta, Georgia area last week, followed by another shooting in a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado that led to ten deaths on Monday.

Watch Murphy below:

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  1. Did the shooter have anything in his background that would have prevented him from getting a gun, other than his family members that thought he was batshit crazy?

  2. Avatar for tao tao says:

    So Republican Senators are ready to pass up that sweet, sweet, Putin cash funneled through the bankrupt but still very active NRA? Honey, I’ve got my doubts. Flooding the U.S. with pro gun and antigovernment social media, which is exactly what the Russians have been doing fits perfectly with the GOP agenda to defeat Democracy.

  3. I hope you’re right, Senator, but let’s see them chickens before we count 'em, hey?

  4. Before and after shooting decorating. So was she just hiding them incase they do start taking away AR-15s or maybe they weren’t actually hers?!

  5. Even if they do, it accomplishes absolutely nothing. Had such a law be in force, both the Colorado and Georgia shooters would still have walked out of the shop with their shiny new guns, but even if denied they will still had been able to buy one the same day from a private party.

    We don’t need stupid gun control, we need disarmament.

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