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Conn.'s U.S. Senators Renew Call For Gun Control Legislation

Connecticut's U.S. Senators marked the upcoming two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting this week by giving speeches on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

In April of last year, a gun control bill that was supported by both senators failed to pass. On Wednesday, both Senators called on their colleagues to pass gun control legislation.

In his speech, Sen. Chris Murphy criticized his colleagues for not taking action even though there have been more shootings at schools across the country since the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown.

“Our inability to pass anything in the two year period of time since Sandy Hook passed effectively makes us complicit in the continuing assault on students all across this country,” said Murphy.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he will never forget the victims of Sandy Hook.

“The best and truest way to memorialize them in history is to approve effective, common sense, sensible measures against gun violence,” said Blumenthal.

The 2013 bill that failed in the Senate included a provision for universal background checks for gun purchases. Congress has not considered another gun control measure since then.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.
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