Senator to Colleagues: Is Political Backing from Gun Industry 'Worth the Blood'?

News and Politics | 11/6/2017 | Bridget Johnson
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WASHINGTON -- One of the biggest gun-control advocates in Congress ripped colleagues after the Sutherland Springs, Texas, mass shooting, telling fellow lawmakers to "shed" their "cowardly cover and do something."

Twenty-six people, including the pastor's 14-year-old daughter, were killed Sunday morning after Devin Kelley, 26, opened fire on a Baptist congregation. Kelley, who had a history of domestic violence, had multiple weapons and was stopped by an armed neighbor.

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"The paralysis you feel right now – the impotent helplessness that washes over you as news of another mass slaughter scrolls across the television screen – isn’t real. It's a fiction created and methodically cultivated by the gun lobby, designed to assure that no laws are passed to make America safer, because those laws would cut into their profits," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said in a statement, adding that "no other country endures this pace of mass carnage like America."

"As long as our nation chooses to flood the county with dangerous weapons and consciously let those weapons fall into the hands of dangerous people, these killings will not abate," he added.

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“As my colleagues go to sleep tonight, they need to think about whether the political support of the gun industry is worth the blood that flows endlessly onto the floors of American churches, elementary schools, movie theaters, and city streets. Ask yourself – how can you claim that you respect human life while choosing fealty to weapons-makers over support for measures favored by the vast majority of...
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