U.S. Senator Chris Murphy kicked out a statement today as the uphill battle looms to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance also announced today that all victims of the Sandy Hook shootings were shot with an assault rifle, quieting “conspiracy theorists that are trying to mucky up the waters.” See story here followed by Murphy statement.
When I emailed you 13 days ago, I said that there had been 130 school shootings since assault weapons were used to murder 13 people at Columbine High School in 1999. With the tragic gun violence just two days ago at Lone Star College in Texas, that number is now sadly 131. It’s been 41 days since an assault weapon was used to take 26 innocent lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. When will we finally say that enough is enough?
Assault weapons are designed to kill people–period. They don’t belong on our streets. They don’t belong at our malls or our churches, on our college campuses, or in the halls of our elementary schools.
Maybe now is finally the time.
There are voices rising up in Newtown and in cities and towns across America, coming together to demand immediate action to ban assault weapons. We can’t wait–we can’t stand idly by while one more innocent life is lost.
That’s why today, I joined my colleagues, Senators Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Schumer, and Richard Blumenthal, and Representatives Carolyn McCarthy, Ed Perlmutter, and Elizabeth Esty to introduce a new ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Now, make no mistake. The opponents of sensible gun control are gearing up for a nationwide fight, and they’ll stop at nothing to flood our communities with even more guns.
Add your name to our petition at www.NoMoreAssaultWeapons.com to join voices all across the country in our call for the House and Senate to pass the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 immediately.