Democrat Senator Chris Murphy(D-Connecticut) has been a major voice for the gun control lobby over the course of his career, but the days of stumping for the these groups that want to disarm America might be over.
As reported in The Hill:
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Sunday said he is willing to “settle” for less aggressive gun control reform “because that will save lives,” days after four students were killed in a shooting at Michigan high school.
“I won’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good, right. I want universal background checks, I want a ban on assault weapons, but I will settle for something much less because that will save lives,” Murphy told co-host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The strangest part about these comments from Senator Murphy is when they were made, politics is a game all about timing after all. These comments come after a recent school shooting in Michigan. While that isn’t the state that Senator Murphy represents, these mass causality incidents generally cause the gun control lobby to leap for more gun control in an effort to make moves off the backs of bodies.
These comments do not mean the end of gun control pushes but they do reflect the current climate on guns and gun control in America. Americans are currently pro-gun as a result of many different things such as; lack of faith in law enforcement, constant riots, the defund the police movement, and a new round of first time gun buyers every week. With so many Americans, including Democrats, buying guns it was only a matter of time before the idea of gun control became unpopular.
Democrats are not going give up on gun control though, take a look at another statement by Senator Murphy to see what their plan is:
“The fact of the matter is we have the votes in the House, in the Senate for a universal background checks bill. We have a president who will sign it. It’s the rules of the Senate that prevent us from passing, you know, we probably have 52, 53, 54 votes in the Senate for this,” Murphy said.
“I also understand that this is, I think, one of the great social change movements in this nation’s history, that we can’t let failure or obstacle stop us. We’re going to have to continue to build a movement. If we don’t change the rules of the Senate then we’re ultimately going to need 60 votes, and so we need to continue to build up our political power around the country,” he added.