HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Two CT U.S. Senators were at the state capitol Monday, continuing their push for stronger federal gun violence prevention legislation.
Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined gun violence prevention advocates and survivors of gun violence. This comes ahead of Tuesday, nine years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 children and six adults.
“We can’t lose our sense of outrage,” Blumenthal said. “I am haunted by the memories of that day waiting with parents at a firehouse for news about their children, learning that 20 of them would not come home along with six brave educators.”
The Sandy Hook massacre brought attention and political momentum to change gun laws. But those pushing for change cite daily violence as proof much more needs to be done.
“Today is a day we remember those who lost in Sandy Hook, who changed many lives beyond Newtown,” Sen. Murphy added.
Leonard Jahad, of Connecticut Violence Intervention, asked, “Is this the best we got? Every 16 minutes someone else [in the United States] is killed by a handgun is the best we got?”
The group talked about new laws like Ethan’s Law, but argued way more needs to be done. It won’t be easy, they say, and won’t be quick.
“I have long argued this will go down in American history as one of the greatest social change movements,” Jahad added. “Not unlike the Civil Rights movement or Marriage Equality, movements take time.”
Lawmakers and advocates have called out Republicans and the Senate filibuster rule for holding up any chance of passing gun control legislation. The filibuster requires a 60-vote majority to pass any piece of legislation in the Senate.