Connecticut’s two US senators were featured guests on national Sunday political talks shows, although not for the reason they’d like to. Senior Sen. Richard Blumenthal appeared on FOX News Sunday where he pushed his gun control bill and discussed the new defense secretary nominee. Sen. Chris Murphy was live from Newtown on CNN’s State of Union where he went after the NRA.
Blumenthal appeared with GOP rising star Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. Blumenthal pushed his proposal to require background checks for those wanting to purchase ammunition. “…[T]here are no background checks on purchase of ammunition. So someone can walk into a Walmart, buy a shopping cart full of ammunition, walk out, pay, no questions asked,” he told host Chris Wallace
“That’s why I have proposed that we have background checks not only on firearms purchases, but also ammunition and prohibit the Teflon tip and incendiary bullets. I think the bullets, along with the firearms, are what we need to focus on,” he said.
Blumenthal, a member of the senate armed services committee, also talked about former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s choice to head the department of defense. Blumenthal is taking a wait and see approach. “I am not comfortable [with Hagel] yet. I want to ask him questions…I think Senator Hagel will be approved. I think the history of nominees shows and I think his own qualifications also demonstrate that he has the capacity. But…I reserve judgment until I hear his responses.”
See the Blumenthal interview here.
Newly-sworn Sen. Chris Murphy appeared live from Newtown on CNN’s State of the Union. Usually measured in his comments, Murphy let loose on the NRA. “The NRA does not represent gun owners anymore. This is not your father’s NRA. It represents gun manufacturers,” Murphy said. “They make tens of millions of dollars off of purchases of guns.” And on assault weapons and high capacity clips he said, “There would still be little boys and girls alive in Newtown today, I believe, if you had banned assault weapons and these high-capacity magazine clips,” he said. “And that’s something we can do and do now.”
Murphy’s segment with Candy Crowley is here.