Connecticut Sen.-elect Chris Murphy said Sunday the time for delaying talk of gun policy implications of tragedies such as Friday’s deadly shootings is over, and he and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal said they will be on the floor of the U.S. Senate soon to do just that.
“I’m hearing from the community, as well as my colleagues in law enforcement, we need to do something, and I’m hearing from my colleagues in the Senate around the country — some in states like Wisconsin and Colorado, where there have been similar horrific, horrible tragedy, maybe not involving children with this kind of incomprehensible circumstance — but we need to do something,” Mr. Blumenthal, a former state attorney general, said on ABC’s “This Week.”
He suggested possible action regarding high-capacity magazines in the wake of Friday’s deadly shootings in Newtown, Conn., in which a deranged gunman killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, including 20 young children. But Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat, also said that out of respect for the families of the victims, he would not be more specific about the conversation yet.
“Certainly this horrible episode and incident and crime by this deranged person possessed by demons … will spur and transform, I think, the national conversation, and I intend to talk it about it on the floor of the United States Senate perhaps as early as this week,” he said.
Mr. Murphy, also a Democrat, echoed the sentiment.
“I think the tipping point should have happened a long time ago, quite frankly,” he said, while acknowledging that there is no simple solution to such a complicated and sensitive issue.
“The time for sort of saying we can’t talk about the policy implications of tragedies like this is over, and for us here in Connecticut, while we’re going to grieve and make sure the families have everything they need, we’re going to be on the floor of the Senate very soon talking about where we go from here,” he said.