Newtown Action Alliance, a gun control group founded in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, says the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida shows children are not safe in schools.
Po Murray, chairwoman of Newtown Action Alliance, says Congress has blood on its hands because it has not taken any action on gun control since Sandy Hook.
“After the Sandy Hook tragedy, they had an opportunity to take bold action after 20 children were murdered. And they chose not to. They decided to stand with the NRA and work to promote the guns everywhere instead of passing sensible gun laws that Americans desire. This is the 18th school shooting since January 1, 2018. And this shooting was the 291st school shooting since the Sandy Hook tragedy. We should be appalled and demand action.”
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., agreed with Murray, saying Congress is responsible for the epidemic of gun violence in America.
Murphy spoke on the Senate floor moments after Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida. “This epidemic of mass slaughter, the scourge of school shooting after school shooting, it only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction. We are responsible.”
On Twitter last night, Newtown Action Alliance was even more blunt:
.@andersoncooper @CNN, We are sick & tired of Republicans saying “It’s not the time to talk about gun control right now.” They sent Newtown thoughts & prayers after the shooting then they decided it would be a great idea to pass the #GunsForAnyoneEverywhere CCR bill in December.
— Newtown Action (@NewtownAction) February 15, 2018
The group has a 23-point gun control plan that they submitted to Congress on the 5th anniversary of Sandy Hook last December. It includes background checks, limits on high capacity magazines, and a ban on bump stocks.