A lot of politicians have been saying a lot of dumb things after the shooting at a Maryland newspaper Thursday, but Sen. Chris Murphy’s comment on Twitter might take the cake.
The junior senator from Connecticut basically implied that potential killers are being emboldened to take lives because federal lawmakers have not done more to disarm law-abiding citizens.
“Pulling for everyone at the Capital Gazette. Horrible,” Murphy tweeted after news broke of the shooting in Annapolis, Maryland that left five people dead and several others wounded.
“So awful that my colleagues still don’t understand their unconscionable silence has become a green light for would-be shooters, who perceive inaction as endorsement,” he continued.
Right, because if there’s anything that gives a determined mass murderer pause — it’s not armed resistance — rather, it’s another line on a piece of paper regulating this rifle accessory or prohibiting that feature.
Puzzling logic because state leaders in Maryland boast about their stringent gun laws. There is a sweeping ban on so-called “assault weapons” and a may-issue concealed carry standard that prevents many responsible citizens from exercising their right to keep and bear arms.
Why didn’t the anti-gun ethos of the Free State work to dissuade the deranged stalker, allegedly responsible for the shooting (not going to mention his name), from perpetrating the attack? Because if legislative action infringing on the Second Amendment is an effective deterrent to mass killers Maryland has that in spades.
Pulling for everyone at the Capital Gazette. Horrible.
So awful that my colleagues still don’t understand their unconscionable silence has become a green light for would-be shooters, who perceive inaction as endorsement.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 28, 2018
Praying for everyone injured & the families of those lost in today’s shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Congress has a responsibility to take action to prevent the tragedy of gun violence. Every day it fails to do so is a stain on our country.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 28, 2018
My heart goes out to all those affected by the shooting at the Capital Gazette in Maryland, and my thanks to law enforcement for their response. We can’t continue allowing this to happen. Our communities deserve better.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) June 28, 2018