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A Democratic senator gave an impassioned speech Wednesday in front of the Senate, where he repeatedly challenged his fellow lawmakers to respond, “What do we do? Why are we here?
Senator Chris Murphy joined hands and pleaded with fellow senators to take legislative action to prevent further mass shootings following the Uvalde, Texas shooting. Murphy has been a consistent advocate for gun control policies for years and on Wednesday called on both sides of the aisle to compromise on bills aimed at reducing gun violence.
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“I’m here on this floor to beg, to literally get down on all fours to implore my colleagues – find a way forward here,” Murphy said from the floor of the Legislature. “Work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely.”
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“Why are you spending all this time running for the United States Senate? Why are you going through all the hassle to get this job, to put yourself in a position of authority, if your response – as this slaughter escalates, while our children run for their lives – we do nothing?” he asked from the Senate floor.
Murphy gave the speech following the Robb Elementary School shooting on Tuesday in which 19 children were killed by a lone gunman. Adult staff members were also killed, including fourth grade teacher Eva Mireles. Several law enforcement officers were shot in the terrorist attack.
“It’s not inevitable. These kids were unlucky. It only happens in this country, and nowhere else,” Murphy continued. “Nowhere else do little children go to school thinking they might be shot that day. five minutes just in case a mean man walks into this building. This does not happen anywhere else but here in the United States of America. And it’s a choice. It is our choice to let it continue.
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The pattern surrounding the Robb’s Elementary School Shooting remains unknown.
“I understand my fellow Republicans won’t agree with anything I can suggest, but there’s a common denominator we can find. There’s a place where we can come to an agreement,” Murphy said. . “It may not guarantee that America will never see a mass shooting again. It may not halve the number of murders happening in America overnight. It will not in itself solve the problem of American violence. But by doing something, we at least stop sending this discreet message of approval to these brain-breaking killers – who see the highest levels of government doing nothing but shooting after shooting . »
School districts across the United States are taking heightened safety measures following the mass murder shooting.
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Several police officers who responded to Robb’s Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas, were hit by gunfire from a suspect who “just started shooting anyone who got in his way,” a law enforcement officer said Wednesday.
Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Chris Olivarez, speaking on NBC’s “Today,” said the events that led to the deaths of 19 students and two teachers began when Salvador Ramos shot his grandmother, then ran over a vehicle while fleeing that scene. Local police then received calls about an individual armed with a weapon forcing his way into the school, according to Olivarez.
He said when law enforcement “tried to enter the building, they were met with gunfire from the suspect, from the shooter.”
Fox News’ Greg Newman contributed to this report.