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Chris Murphy Tells Rolling Stone He Has Hope For Tackling Gun Violence

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, leads a filibuster on the floor of the Senate last year on the issue of gun violence.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, leads a filibuster on the floor of the Senate last year on the issue of gun violence. Photo Credit: C-SPAN2 screengrab

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) explains why he has hope for tackling gun violence — even after Sandy Hook and Las Vegas.

The junior senator from Connecticut has spoken out on the issue of gun control since he arrived in the Senate in 2013, just weeks after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School left 20 children and six educators dead.

Last year in the wake of the mass killings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Murphy staged a 15-hour filibuster on the floor of the Senate.

And Murphy has stuck to his message of gun control this week in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 59 dead and over 500 injured.

Murphy says the gun control movement needs to fight NRA-backed measures to relax background checks on silencer purchases and to allow people with concealed-carry permits to carry weapons in states where the practice is against the law.

And he defends the Democratic efforts to strengthen gun control measures in the years since the Sandy Hook shooting.

"I think this is a long-term political fight. The gun lobby had a 30-year head start on us," Murphy tells Rolling Stone. "The modern anti-gun-violence movement is really only four-and-a-half years old. We win more than we lose when we fight, but we only have the resources to engage in a handful of fights every year."

Click here for the interview at the Rolling Stone website.

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