Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) has joined fellow Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in condemning the National Rifle Association for its Wisconsin lobbyists’ comments downplaying the importance on the Newtown shooting.
This past weekend, Wisconsin NRA lobbyist Bob Welch declared at the group’s annual meeting that they would soon continue weakening the nation’s gun laws, but would have to wait for the “Connecticut effect” to blow over first.
Murphy chastised the NRA for Welch’s remark during an MSNBC interview on Wednesday:
MURPHY: I think we will get a vote and I think we’ll get a vote because Newtown changed everything in this country. There were a lot of people wearing ribbons on the floor of the House of Representatives last night, and they were Republicans and Democrats. The NRA said yesterday they were going to wait for the “Newtown effect” or the “Connecticut effect” to dissipate before they went back to lobbying to weaken gun laws. Well, it’s not going to dissipate. The fact is that this nation has been transformed. I think the president was right to say, listen, republicans can’t hide from this. They need to call a vote on the floor of the Senate and House and tell the American public what side they are on. If Republicans want to be the party of assault weapons, of high-capacity magazine clips, they are on the wrong side of the American public and the wrong side of history.