Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to respond to reports of a deadly shooting at a Florida high school, saying such shootings occur in the U.S. “as a consequence of our inaction” on gun violence.
“This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America — this epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting,” Murphy said on the Senate floor.
“It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction,” he continued. “We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else.”
“As a parent it scares me to death that this body doesn’t take seriously the safety of my children, and it seems like a lot of parents in South Florida are going to be asking that same question later today,” he said.
Murphy’s remarks came after reports of a deadly shooting that took place Wednesday afternoon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that 17 people were killed and it was not immediately clear how many people may have been injured in the attack.
Police identified a 19-year-old former student as the suspect. He was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon.
There have been 18 school shootings in the first 45 days of 2018, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group.
The Hill adds:
Murphy has emerged as a leading figure in the push for gun control legislation after the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in his home state of Connecticut in 2012.
He held an hours-long filibuster on the Senate floor in June 2016 to protest the body’s inaction on gun control legislation.
Murphy also introduced a bill that same month that would expand background checks for most gun sales following the deadly mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., but the legislation failed to pass.
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