WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Both of Connecticut’s senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, delivered very emotional speeches on the Senate floor on Thursday. They remembered the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, but they also called on their colleagues to step up and take action.
Sen. Murphy says five years later, the pain of the shooting is still raw.
“Those parents in Sandy Hook never ever thought that they would lose their first grader in a hail of bullets,” he said.
Sen. Murphy says the lives of 20 children and 6 adults were taken too soon when a gunman opened fire inside an elementary school.Related Content: Mother and son write book to help families heal after loss
“You know that it is a reminder to not take a single day for granted. And it is a reminder that if we don’t change the laws of this country it could be our kids next,” Sen. Murphy continued.
Sen. Blumenthal stood on the Senate floor next to a picture of 6-year-old Olivia Engel, one of the children killed five years ago. He says Congress needs to pass stronger gun laws.
“Shame on Congress for allowing this tragic anniversary to be followed by so many more,” he stated. “Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas, Orlando, Charleston.”Related Content: Activism, charity sustain Sandy Hook families 5 years later
Both Connecticut senators are calling on Congress to strengthen the nation’s gun laws, like passing the Fix Nics Act – a bill that would tighten loopholes in the Federal Criminal Background Check system.
“Background checks are the most important thing to keep our communities safe,” Sen. Murphy said.
The Connecticut senators are working with the bill’s author, Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, to make sure it passes.Photos: 5 years later: Remembering the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings
“The problem is, the way our gun laws are today, no one is safe. I know that is a hard thing to hear and a hard thing for me to say, but it is true until we adequately change our laws,” Sen. Murphy stated.
Right now, the Fix Nics Act is waiting for a vote in committee. If it passes, it heads to the Senate floor for a vote.