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Senator: ‘I shudder to think what I’ll tell the Newtown families’

March 25th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

The families who lost their children in the Newtown school shooting have been travelling back and forth between Connecticut and Washington D.C. in hopes that there will be a change in guns laws in the United States, according to Connecticut Senator Christopher Murphy.

“Many of them are able to get up in the morning because they believe that this world is going to change as consequence of this tragedy,” Murphy told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. “I shudder to think what I’m going to tell some of these families if we can’t even get background checks passed.”

Murphy told Amanpour that even if guns laws aren’t changed now in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, he will continue pushing for reform – citing the many attempts it took to pass previous gun reforms in the past.

“It won’t meant the fight is over, but many of these families believe that the only way they can live – on certain days and in certain hours – is to know that the laws are going to change and that other communities won’t have to go through this.”

You can see Amanpour’s full interview with Senator Murphy in the video above.

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  1. Sick&tired

    I want to ask where all these crystal balls that people are using? I keep hearing that if better laws where in place then all these violent crimes wouldn't have happened. The boys in Colorado wouldn't have been able to get guns if they had back ground checks, really? has anyone stopped for a second to think about "illegal" drugs? People are still using and dieing from them despite the fact that they have been outlawed. I am a gun owner, I DO support gun control and back ground checks. I am however completely opposed to people domonizing an object and not focusing on the plain simple truth. some men do evil and no law, restriction or ban will ever stop them. The Oklahoma City bombing would be just one case in point. I am sickened and saddened beyond words over the tragedies that have taked place. I hear many say that there is no need for anyone to own weapons in this day and age. That may be true, but how can we rule on one mans hobby and passion and over look anothers, cars account for more non-natural cause deaths each year, and yet we continue to let car manufatures make bigger, faster more powerful cars. guns provide the easiest maens of doing harm to someone, but its not the gun, its the person that wants to do wrong. If gun laws would infact some violent men then I would be all for them. However the first recorded murder that I could find was Cain vs Able and as far as I can tell no gun was used. Yes, a childish example, my point being that evil men do evil, restricting their instruments of destruction in my opion will have little to no effect. as I stated before I will support better laws and back ground checks, I am tired of both sides of this issue being thick headed and not coming together to work this out. I am a member of the NRA but I am displeased with some of what they are saying and doing. As for all the statistics and opinionated statements I keep hearing on this debate make me wonder what has happened to our ability to think and reason, I heared one politician and journalist make this statement "if the founding fathers had a crystal ball and could have looked to the future and seen the type of weapons we are carrying today they would have never penned the right to bear arms" I would like to add to that in closing... If they had that crystal ball and looked forward to today, do your really think they would have fought the Revolution after seeing what this country would ultimately become... I don't know what they would have done, but I'm pretty sure it would have sickened them to see what a mockery we have made of Democracy.

    March 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • da

      I agree with many pointts you have sick and tired. The main argument for gun control is automatic weapons not one shot at a time rifles or handguns. Its the mass killings that these weapons can produce. A rifle or handgun firing takes some skill. The guy in newtown would not have murdered 28 people with a rifle he would have to reload I don't think he would be able to get his hands on a automatic weapon if his mother didn't have them. Yes people can kill someone with their barehands so should we not have hands. Its the mass killings that's the issue and these are not criminals per say so the argument they can get weapons if they were illegal is not correct. A drug dealer probably can get any weapon he wants not some kid from suberbs who has notcommitted any crimes prior to the killings

      March 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
      • Some guy

        None of the mass shootings of recent years have involved automatic weapons, which in the world of firearms implies full-auto. The only difference between an AR-15 and a Mini-14 Ranch Rifle that looks nice and hunter-respectable is the styling.

        March 26, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • Charliedon

      This is specious argumentation and faulty logic couched in execrable English. This is what happens when a country's educational system goes down the drain along with fundamental moral values. Sick&tired's commentary is the epitome of ingenuous brutishness.

      March 27, 2013 at 4:18 am | Reply
  2. Mike White

    Short version:
    The government prohibition of alcohol was a failure.
    The government prohibition of drugs is a failure.
    The government prohibition of guns is a failure.
    The government is incapable of using prohibition as an effective tool of public policy to control market forces.

    March 26, 2013 at 5:05 am | Reply
    • Some guy

      Actually, all of your examples were raging successes, at least from certain perspectives. And the gov't hasn't prohibited guns yet, so that's a failure yet to come (and any such attempts will probably fail thanks to 3-D printing technology).

      I bet if he hadn't had those income tax problems to deal with, Al Capone would've vigorously lobbied against repealing Prohibition similar to how some of the Northern California cannabis growers have banded together in recent years to oppose legalization since they know their gravy train will be derailed when legal cannabis only costs $50/pound (the "good stuff" will still cost more, like maybe $100/lb).

      March 26, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  3. Peter Chipman

    Try telling people that we live in a Democracy.

    March 26, 2013 at 9:43 am | Reply
  4. jefnvk

    Tell them the exact same thing that you tell all the families that have lost loved ones to drunk driving why we don't have stronger restrictions on alcohol, or ignition interlock devices on all cars...

    March 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  5. H. B.

    What we are really learning from these massacres (and the THOUSANDS of other gun killings based on rage and other forms of stupidity) is that it is destructive in the extreme to allow the "average joe" to own guns. Even if law-abiding at the time, most people are irresponsible about their guns, and many end up using them at the wrong time, place and person. In a word, the general public is too stupid, irresponsible and emotionally immature to be trusted with these lethal weapons. Our hunger for ever-more-violent forms of entertainment enters the picture, and makes the actual USE of their guns more acceptable, and often even desirable.

    It's too late to turn back now, and the way our population is so enamored with guns and VIOLENCE is also probably irreversible. It's the love of violence that keeps most gun owners rabid about keeping their "rights." Manliness is a major influence on both the violence and on guns in the hands of volatile people. There ARE no real "Rambos," but most men with guns want to think of themselves as such. It's a rampant, and deadly, form of machismo, and the death toll from guns is the proof of how widespread it is.

    The problem with so many guns IS people. Especially people who attach their masculinity to the possession of a gun. That mindset is halfway there, toward a day when they'd kill someone with one of their guns. To such men, their guns ARE their manhood.

    Our founding fathers enabled our gun-and-violence culture, quite innocently. They had no way to know...

    It is one of the reasons I enjoy living in Mexico. Guns are prohibited to the average person. To get one legally is only for hunters, and a very complicated procedure is required when asking permission to own one – almost always it's for a hunting rifle. Sure, lots of people here have guns illegally, but even so, gun violence is very low (if you exclude the kind engendered by the drug cartels). Even the cartels would not be a factor here if not for the American lust for dope.

    A major clue to our collective – and growing – passion for guns and violence is the callousness of our doping people, who care nothing about all the cartel-inspired shootings in Mexico – as long as it stays IN Mexico. They feel no culpability at all about those thousands of shootings, yet it is they – alone – that has made the cartels exist to do their evil.

    In embracing guns and violence, we are rubbing off our basic human compassion. That, too, is part of the price of our gun culture. It is a de-civilizing process. And most Americans want it that way. There is little shame in American people any more.

    March 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • Charliedon

      Finally! An intelligent commentary! These are all too rare in this blog...

      March 27, 2013 at 4:21 am | Reply
  6. Russasaurus

    Sometimes people can over complicate things. The fact of the matter is that the US shot themselves in the foot on this one. The 2nd ammendment is the reason why these killings take place. You will never have effective gun control if you use the second ammendment as a crutch. The most effective gun control is to have them removed. That is why other countries are successful. They just simply remove them and allocate them to the people who need to use them (police, military, etc). That's it.... it's just that simple.

    March 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • Some guy

      Sometimes people can oversimplify things, too. Healthcare in need of reform? Just reform it! Simple! Toxic and addictive drugs a problem? Ban them! Simple! Climate changing for the worse? Regulate carbon! Simple! Since all those vexing problems had such simple solutions gun confiscation ought to be a slam-dunk.

      Sometimes reality is... complicated.

      March 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • Charliedon

      Absolutely right! Yours is a voice of reason. It will, unfortunately, fall on millions of deaf ears: those belonging to the apparent majority of the US blogging population with severely diminished cognitive capacity.

      March 27, 2013 at 4:23 am | Reply
  7. Onno Legare

    If the USA does not reduce the amount of weapons in the hands of non-military personnel we might see this more often as times get harder and stress and depression levels increase. Already Americans are known to be fearless and combative.

    March 27, 2013 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • strawberryeve

      That's the point of our 2nd Amendment. We get all hot and bothered when people try to take our sovereignty away. Its part of being an American. Its why these ridiculous laws can't get passed. You can't just make up laws and impose them on an armed public. Maybe study the founding of our country so you understand better.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:42 am | Reply
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