Dems Rain Hell On ‘Coward Republicans’ For Being So Afraid Of The Gun Industry
As the nation reels following the horrible gun massacre that left more than 50 people dead and over 400 injured in Las Vegas, Republicans are disturbingly silent. But Democratic lawmakers are calling for swift congressional action in response to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history — with Sen. Chris Murphy saying it is “time for Congress to get off its ass and do something” on gun control.
Murphy, who led a filibuster on the Senate floor last June in protest of legislative inaction following the Pulse club shooting, called it “cruelly hollow” for politicians to not back up their words of sympathy with a governmental response.
“This must stop,” Murphy said in a statement Monday morning, Politico reports. He added:
“It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic.”
“It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”
The renewed calls for gun control legislation were echoed by the other senator Richard Blumenthal, who said in a statement he is “furious” at congressional inaction in the face of continued mass shootings.
Both Blumenthal and Murphy have been outspoken in their calls for increased gun regulation, a topic that hit close to home for the lawmakers in 2012 when a shooter killed 20 children and several school officials at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren echoed the sentiments of Murphy and Blumenthal, saying that “thoughts & prayers are NOT enough.”
“Tragedies like Las Vegas have happened too many times. We need to have the conversation about how to stop gun violence. We need it NOW,” Warren tweeted on Monday.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called House Speaker Paul Ryan to put to a vote legislation to expand background checks that was introduced by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Pete King (R-NY). She also urged Ryan to create a Select Committee on Gun Violence to study and provide recommendations aimed at preventing future shootings.
The calls were echoed by former Vice President Joe Biden and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Biden called the loss of life in Las Vegas “senseless” and urged the Trump administration and Congress to address the violence.