On Tuesday, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) during an interview with Salon for “Salon Talks” claimed that Republicans “don’t seem to give a crap about our children” while addressing the issue of gun violence.
He continued by saying that he did not understand how people who claimed to care about the health and lives of children did not appear to care about the children who are coming face to face with “these epidemic, cataclysmic rates of gun violence.” The Senators has long been an advocate for greater gun control and has even argued that gun violence can actually expose children’s developing brains to “war-like levels of trauma.”
He continued to say that the gun violence epidemic was not only about the number of shootings and homicides but also requires talks with children who are exposed to “these violence-prone neighborhoods.” He went on to say that they were going to be losing so many brilliant minds because of how the war-like levels of trauma affect them.
As he pointed out there is also a connection within the U.S. between underperforming schools and violent neighborhoods. This exhibits even further how violence can impede the students’ ability to learn while in school.
Last year, Murphy had been the primary negotiator for the major gun safety legislation that was successfully passed last year. After the shooting that left three students dead at Michigan State University, Murphy proceeded to reintroduce legislation that would mandate background checks on all commercial gun purchases across the country.