Senator Chris Murphy spoke at the Democratic Convention on Wednesday night. His remarks, focused on gun violence prevention measures. He opened by saying that he wished he hadn’t been there, moments he tries to forget the things he saw and heard, and what he called the soul-crushing morning at the firehouse in Sandy Hook.
Murphy's oldest son is the same age as the kids who were killed Sandy Hook Elementary School, having just finished first grade. He said he is furious that in three years since Sandy Hook, three years of almost daily bloodshed in cities, Congress has done nothing to prevent the next massacre. He said that stoked a sense of outrage that he's never felt before. And that’s what he says drove him to stand on the floor of the United States Senate for 15 hours to demand change.
Murphy then turned his comments to Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump who said he’ll mandate that every school in America allow guns in their classrooms.
Murphy says there is no reason to feel helpless about the horrifying trajectory of cascading massacres. With smart gun policy, like background checks, he said change can happen.
When he finished speaking, the delegates all chanted 'Enough" because of the following remarks:
"I stood on the Senate floor for 15 hours because I had had enough. Enough of children dying in classrooms. Enough of nightly bloodshed on our city streets. Enough of our police officers being outgunned, ambushed, and cut down in the line of duty. Enough."
(Photo: Congressman Himes, Twitter)