Within the wake of one other lethal faculty capturing, Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut who’s on the forefront of gun management laws in Congress, has once more known as for motion from federal lawmakers that would assist scale back the dangers of future tragedies involving assault weapons.
Whereas Murphy acknowledged throughout an look on “Face the Nation” Sunday morning that “there should not the votes” within the U.S. Senate because it stands to cross an assault weapons ban, which President Joe Biden has been pushing for since final yr, the congressman mentioned potential steps ahead to extend gun management.
“After Uvalde, I wish to ban assault weapons. I feel it is simply completely unconscionable that we enable these weapons of conflict to be in business circulation,” Murphy stated.
“However there’s not the votes to do this. So, what are there the votes to do? Let’s discover the potential of what is potential,” the senator continued. “And so what if we stated earlier than you get an AR-15, it’s important to present that you’re accountable, that you know the way to function it, what if we utilized background checks universally, merely to the acquisition of these weapons?”
Murphy stated that whereas he in the end desires assault-style weapons “off the road,” he additionally believes that “we might be a safer nation if we required just a bit bit of coaching earlier than you purchased probably the most harmful weapons commercially accessible.”
Six individuals had been shot and killed final week within the capturing at The Covenant College, a non-public Christian faculty connected to a church in Nashville, Tennessee, that teaches college students enrolled in pre-kindergarten by sixth grade. Three of the six victims had been 9-year-old college students on the faculty, whereas the opposite three had been grownup workers members. The shooter, a 28-year-old native resident who was armed with two assault weapons and a handgun, was additionally fatally shot by responding law enforcement officials.
Authorities stated later that their preliminary investigation confirmed the shooter had beforehand bought seven totally different weapons from 5 gun shops within the space, one thing that, Murphy identified, might need raised issues forward of time if there have been set off legal guidelines in place in Tennessee, which “might have made a distinction.”
“If mother and father know that they’ve the chance to take firearms away from a person of their household that they know is in disaster, then they’re frankly going to be extra vigilant about trying to find that potential connection to a weapon. In Tennessee, they could not do something about it even when they knew in regards to the weapons,” Murphy stated.
“And so what we all know is that in states which have purple flag legal guidelines, they’re used responsibly and continuously to take weapons away from individuals in disaster,” he continued. “Florida, a purple state, has a purple flag legislation that is been used 8,000 occasions to take weapons away from people who find themselves considering violence in opposition to others, or considering violence in opposition to themselves. They work and if Tennessee had a purple flag legislation, and the mother and father knew about it perhaps this example would not have occurred.”