Chris Murphy Delivers Emotional Speech After Uvalde Shooting

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) sent a moving and poignant plea to his colleagues in Congress on Tuesday after a gunman killed 14 elementary school students and a teacher member in Uvalde, Texas. “Why are you spending all this time running for the U.S. Senate, why do you have to go through all the trouble of getting this job, of putting yourself in a position of authority, if the question your answer, is as carnage increases, like our children. run for their lives, we do nothing? ‘ asked Murphy. “What are we doing, why are you here, if not to solve an existential problem like this?”

The shooting comes just a week after 10 people were killed at a Buffalo supermarket. “Mr. Mr. President, 14 kids have died in an elementary school in Texas right now,” he said, musing. “What are we doing? What are we doing? Just a few days after a gunman walks into a grocery store to shoot down African-American patrons, we have another Sandy Hook on hand.”

26 people, including 20 children, were killed by a gunman at an elementary school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, a month after Murphy was elected to represent the state in the Senate. Republicans have since worked to enact gun control legislation in the United States.

Read Murphy’s full speech below:

Mr. President, 14 children have died in an elementary school in Texas. What are we doing? What are we doing? Just days after a gunman stepped into the grocery saga to shoot down African-American patrons, we have another Sandy Hook on our hands. What are we doing? There are more mass shootings than any other day of the year. Our kids are living in fear every time they set foot in the classroom because they think they will be next. What are we doing? Why are you spending all this time running for the US Senate, why do you have to go through all the trouble getting this job, in putting yourself in a position of authority, if the answer Your words are when the carnage increases, as our kids run for office. life – we do nothing? What are we doing, why are you here, if not to solve an existential problem like this. This is not inevitable. These kids are out of luck. This has only happened in this country and nowhere else, nowhere else where little kids go to school thinking they might get shot that day. There’s no other place where parents have to talk to their kids like I have to about why they’re locked in the bathroom and told to be quiet for five minutes in case bad guys enter the building. there. Nowhere else does that happen except here in the United States. That is a choice. It was our choice to let it continue. What are we doing? At Sandy Hook Elementary, after those kids returned to those classes, they had to apply an exercise that included a safe word the kids would say. If they start to have thoughts in their brains about what they saw that day, if they start having nightmares of the day jumping over their classmates’ dead bodies as they try to run away from school. In a classroom that word is ‘monkey’. Over and over again, children would stand up and scream ‘monkey’ and the teacher or caseworker would have to go to that child, take them out of the classroom, tell them what they seen, worked with them. through their problems. Sandy Hook will never be the same. This community in Texas will never be the same. Why? Why are we here if not to try to make sure that fewer schools and fewer communities go through what Sandy Hook went through, what Uvalde is going through. Our hearts are breaking for these families. Every ounce of love, thoughts and prayers we can send we are sending, but I am here on this floor begging, really on my knees and on my knees begging, begging my colleagues I found a way forward here, to work with us to find a way to pass legislation that makes this less likely. I understand my Republican colleagues won’t agree with everything I can stand for, but there is a common denominator we can find. Is there a place where we can strike a deal that may not guarantee that Americans will never see another mass shooting again, that may not overnight help cut a Half of all homicides happen in the US. By itself, it won’t solve the problem of American violence, but by doing something about it, we must at least stop sending this silent message of support to these brain-dead killers, who who saw the highest levels of government doing nothing after the shooting. What are we doing? Why are we here? What are we doing? I give up the floor. ”

“I’m just shaking all over,” Murphy tweeted after learning about the shooting. “With fear. With indignation. With determination.”

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