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An impassioned speech by the congressman who once represented the town of Sandy Hook has gone viral following a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed at least 18 children.

Chris Murphy, a Democrat who came to Congress to represent the district that included the city of Connecticut and who is now a senator, pleaded with his colleagues to finally pass legislation that addresses the nation’s ongoing gun violence crisis.

“What are we doing here?” Senator Murphy asked with tears in his eyes, moments after learning that 19 students had been massacred.

“It’s not inevitable. These children were not unlucky. It only happens in this country and nowhere else,” he continued. ” It’s a choice. It is our choice to let it continue.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Murphy didn’t mince words on the anticipated Republican reaction to the shooting – that the US needs to do more to address mental illness and that guns are not inherently the problem. .

“Spare me the bullshit about mental illness,” Murphy said. “We don’t have more mental illnesses than any other country in the world. You can’t explain this through the prism of mental illness because we’re not an outlier when it comes to mental illness… We’re an outlier when it comes to access to guns and the ability of criminals and very sick people to put their guns on guns. This is what makes America different.

In his emotional speech to the Senate, the senator then joined hands and pleaded with Republicans to help Democrats pass meaningful gun reform legislation.

“I’m here on this floor to beg, to literally get down on all fours to beg my colleagues: find a way forward here,” he said.

Few senators understand the horror the mass shootings inflict on a community quite like Murphy, who spent the hours after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre comforting families who had lost children and loved ones. Dear.

He spoke of the lasting trauma inflicted on students, schools and communities. Since that massacre 10 years ago, when 20 children and six adults were killed, Murphy has made it his mission to enact gun control reform only to be let down time and time again as bills fail. not overcome the filibuster of the Senate.

Murphy asked Republicans, “Why are you going through all the hassle of getting this job or putting yourself in a position of authority if your answer is that as this slaughter increases, as our children run to save their life, we do nothing.”

He asked again, “What do we do?”

“Sandy Hook will never be the same again. This community in Texas will never be the same again. Why? Why are we here if not to try to get fewer schools and fewer communities to go through what Sandy Hook went through, what Uvalde goes through.

The tragedy in Texas appeared to be similar to the 2012 mass shooting in Connecticut, where 20-year-old Adam Lanza forced his way into the locked building and then killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a gun AR-15 type.

Murphy expressed hope that a compromise on gun control measures is possible and urged fellow lawmakers to take a stand. Democrats don’t have a big enough majority in the Senate to pass gun control reforms without Republican support.

“I understand my fellow Republicans won’t agree with anything I can support, but there’s a common denominator we can find,” he said, acknowledging that the issue of gun violence does not can be solved overnight.

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