"I mean, everybody agrees that you should just, at the very least, prove that you are not a criminal before you buy a gun," Mr. Murphy said on MSNBC. "And, listen, background checks wouldn't have saved the lives of those kids in Sandy Hook, but those families are dedicated to trying to save other lives in places like Chicago or Bridgeport or New York, and this executive action, if he goes through with it, it will lead to less slaughter out in the streets of America."
"We're worried about the rights of the people on the terrorist watch list more than we are about taking steps to protect this country," Mr. Murphy said. "Because what we're talking about is a temporary inconvenience. If somebody is on this watch list who shouldn't be, and it is a very small number, then they have, through this legislation, a means to get off that list."