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Sen. Murphy: Gun Law Changes Must Be Discussed Immediately

(MSNBC's "Morning Joe")

By    |   Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:58 AM

Changes in the nation's gun laws need to be discussed immediately, not after a waiting period following the Las Vegas shooting, Sen. Chris Murphy, who was the congressman representing Newtown, Conneticut at the time of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, said Tuesday.

"I think it's a very convenient tool of the gun lobby to say there's got to be a 24, 48 hour waiting period before we talk about change," the Democratic senator told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

"The fact of the matter is the entire country is focused on why this happened," Murphy continued. "The reality is that much of it is rooted in the evil inside of this one individual, but much of it is rooted in our laws which allowed him to get his hands on weapons that are illegal in almost every other civilized country."

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, who shot and killed 59 fans at a country music festival from his 32nd story hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the Strip Sunday, had 23 guns in his hotel room, investigators say. He also had two bump stocks, which are commonly used to convert semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic ones.

"Maybe he still would have taken a pistol and killed dozens below but it would have been difficult without the semi-automatic weapon and the modifications legal in this country," said Murphy.

The world is focused on Las Vegas, he continued, but "mass shootings represent one percent of the gun casualties in this country."

"We need to talk about what's happening in Baltimore and Chicago and Hartford on a daily basis," said Murphy. "We can't just bring this up when there's an enormous max execution."

Murphy said he does believe that authorities need to look at aftermarket modifications, such as the bump stocks found in Paddock's hotel rooms, that allow weapons to be made even more deadly.

"I think the gun lobby wants you to only talk about the policy changes that would have affected the shooting that happened the day before," said the senator. "We have to get back to the evergreen changes, things like universal background checks that probably would have stopped many of the other murders around the country that happened before the shooting in Las Vegas."

Murphy said after Newtown, questions must also be asked about the psychological impact tactical weapons have.

"They allow you to kill a lot more people, but in Newtown we ask ourselves whether he would have walked into that school without tactical weaponry," said Murphy. "There's a false kind of courage that comes with attaching yourself to these kind of very powerful weapons, and there is a question as to whether the shooters would ever take up position if all they had was a pistol instead of a dangerous military style weapon."

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