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Senator to Newtown families: ‘Don’t give up’

December 12th, 2013
03:22 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Nearly a year ago, 20 children and six teachers were massacred at an elementary school in the United States.

In the aftermath, Senate Democrat Chris Murphy, who represents the state, Connecticut, where the murders happened, said Congress needed to act to restrict access to guns.

“I do shudder to think what I’m going to tell some of these families if we can’t even get background checks passed in the United States Senate,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in March.

The Senate did fail to pass such a bill, despite 90% support from the American public.

Since the tragedy, the New York Times says at the state level there have been 39 new laws to restrict access to guns but a whopping 70 to make buying, owning, and carrying guns even easier.

“Something is fundamentally broken with the Senate and with democracy in general if, when 90 per cent of the American public thinks that you should just pass a basic criminal background check before buying a gun … the Senate can’t pass it,” he told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Thursday.

Reform, he said, is now about the “long game,” expressing confidence that reform advocates would eventually win the debate.

To the families of the victims, he said, “don’t give up.”

“These big changes don’t happen overnight. A lot of us thought that it would in the wake of that tragedy. But if they don’t give up, we won’t give up.”

Click above to see Gorani’s full conversation with Murphy.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
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    the senator should seek support from all stakeholders to succeed in this fight.all the best senator!

    December 15, 2013 at 7:11 am | Reply
  2. john adams

    Mental health is the issue not guns, if you think banning firearms will stop the killing you are dreaming, it will never happen

    December 15, 2013 at 8:13 am | Reply
    • Diane Young

      Not true, before Australia took the guns off the street there had been 4 or 5 mass shootings. since guns were
      banned(1998) there have been NO mass shootings anywhere in Australia.

      December 15, 2013 at 10:03 am | Reply
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