Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy took to the Senate floor this afternoon and said what we’ve all been thinking today after an 18-year-old high school student gunman opened fire on a Texas elementary school today, where he claimed the lives of 14 innocent children and 1 teacher.
Murphy delivered one of the most powerful speeches we’ve ever heard on Capitol Hill today, taking aim at his Republican colleagues for willingly allowing this gun violence epidemic to run rampant in this nation, and blatantly refusing to do anything to help save our children.
“Mr. President, 14 kids — dead — in an elementary school in Texas right now. What are we doing? What are we doing?” Murphy questioned from the Senate floor.
“Our kids are living in fear every single time they set foot in the classroom because they think they’re going to be next. What are we doing? Why do you spend all this time running for the United States Senate, why do you go through all the hassle of getting this job, of putting yourself in a position of authority, if your answer as the slaughter increases, as our kids run for their lives we do nothing? What are we doing?” the Democratic lawmaker went on to ask. “Why are you here?”
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“Our heart is breaking for these families. Every ounce of love and thoughts and prayers we can send we are sending. But I’m here on this floor to beg, to literally get down on my hands and knees and beg any — beg my colleagues. Find a path forward here. Work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely,” Murphy pleaded.
“Why are we here?” the senator begged again. “What are we doing?”
What are we doing? When we live in a world where 14 innocent babies were shot and killed in their classrooms and our people and our lawmakers are more concerned with making sure the guns don’t get hurt.
What. Are. We. Doing?
See Murphy’s impassioned, fiery speech here:
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