In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in the country’s history, Connecticut’s two US senators indicted Congress, saying its members are partially to blame for the carnage. With the specter of the Newtown massacre obviously coming to top of mind for them, US Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal lashed out. And just hours later, Connecticut’s largest gun rights group took up the NRA talking points while making some serious accusations against the senators.
“This phenomenon of near constant mass shootings happens only in America – nowhere else. Congress has become complicit in these murders by its total, unconscionable deafening silence,” Murphy said. “This doesn’t have to happen, but this epidemic will continue without end if Congress continues to sit on its hands and do nothing – again,”
Blumenthal was similarly angered. “As we learn more in shock and horror about the deadliest mass shooting in our history, my heart breaks for the families of loved ones lost or injured – and for our nation, continuing to suffer from this unspeakable epidemic of gun violence. The Senate’s inaction on commonsense gun violence prevention makes it complicit in this public health crisis. Prayers and platitudes are insufficient. The American public is beseeching us to act on commonsense, sensible gun violence prevention measures, and we must heed that call,” he said.
Just hours later, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) struck back with some serious accusations against the two US senators and took the tired yet familiar line of advocating for more guns.
“Senators Blumenthal and Murphy are more concerned with advancing their political careers [rather than address the problem]. Once again our two senators are calling for more laws that would only impact persons who actually obey the laws of our society…It is shameful that our two senators fail to address the root causes behind these incidents. They would rather curtail lawful gun ownership than deal with those more difficult issues,” CCDL Scott Wilson said.
Wilson added, “If certain lawmakers are looking to place the blame for these types of incidents, they should look squarely in the mirror and admit to themselves that the utopian fantasies of gun free zones simply do not work. For the proponents of gun control, these incidents are the gifts that allow them to renew the push for their failed agenda,” he said.
Expect the gun control debate and the cowardice of Congress to continue.