In the wake of last week’s string of deadly shootings, Senator Chris Murphy delivered remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday to highlight what he says are flaws in the National Rifle Association's assertion that more guns result in fewer gun deaths.
Murphy called it a marketing gimmick for gun companies. He argued that the best policy is to stop madmen and killers from getting these dangerous weapons in the first place.
Texas is an open carry state. Murphy said between the dozens of police officers and the potentially dozens of armed civilians, there were more "good guys with guns" in the vicinity of one very bad guy with a gun than any other crime scene in recent memory. Murphy also quoted the Dallas Police Chief, who said it's hard to tell who is the good guy versus the bad guy when everyone starts shooting.
Murphy noted that a civilian in the Arizona parking lot where a man shot then-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was unable to prevent that shooting, as was the armed security guard in the Orlando nightclub. Just like a Newtown mother who Murphy says thought her guns would protect her family from harm, only for them to be used by her son to murder her in her sleep and then kill 20 children and 6 educators at Sandy Hook School.
If you want to buy a gun for self-defense, Murphy noted that it's an individual call. He recently met with Connecticut women who came to his office to tell him about their belief that owning a gun was instrumental to their ability to protect themselves. One woman told Murphy about how having a gun in her purse helped her repel an attacker.
But Murphy again quoted the Dallas Police Chief who said other aspects of government need to step up and help police who are putting their lives on the line. Murphy says after Connecticut implemented a law requiring a permit to be issued before a gun is issued, gun homicides dropped by 40 percent. He cited other statistics as well.