News Of School Shooting Interrupts A Senator's Speech On Gun Violence

Written by on November 14, 2019

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) needed to interrupt his personal Senate ground speech on the rise of gun violence within the U.S. on Thursday to announce to his colleagues that one other lethal college taking pictures had simply taken place ― this time in Southern California.

Blumenthal first realized of the mass taking pictures whereas talking concerning the want for harder gun background checks, not lengthy after Senate Republicans blocked a gun reform invoice that had handed the Home with bipartisan assist.

“We’re complicit if we fail to behave,” the senator mentioned as an aide handed to him a observe concerning the assault on Saugus Excessive College in Santa Clarita that left two college students lifeless and injured a number of others.

“As I communicate, on the ground proper now, there’s a college taking pictures in Santa Clara, California,” Blumenthal instructed his fellow lawmakers, misreading the town title. “How can we flip the opposite method? How can we refuse to see that taking pictures in actual time demanding our consideration, requiring our motion?”

The senator then returned to his authentic speech: “We’re complicit if we fail to behave. It’s not only a political duty. It’s a ethical crucial.”

That morning, a gunman opened hearth at Saugus Excessive. When police arrived, they discovered no less than six folks shot. Officers say the suspect, a 16-year-old pupil who apparently shot himself within the head, was being handled at a hospital Thursday.

Whereas police had been nonetheless responding to the taking pictures, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) blocked a Democrat’s request for the Senate to unanimously go the common background examine invoice, which might bypass the necessity for a Senate debate on the matter.

Hyde-Smith argued that gun reform legal guidelines just like the one earlier than them shouldn’t be “fast-tracked by the Senate” nor ought to it’s “exempt from debate from the Senate ground.”

She additionally expressed concern that the invoice would require her to undergo a “prolonged and doubtlessly costly background examine” if she wished to present her grandson her looking rifle.

After he spoke on the Senate ground, Blumenthal expressed his condolences to the victims of the taking pictures and their households.

“We will’t take again the loss [and] concern you’re feeling, however we’ll hold combating to finish this epidemic of violence,” he mentioned in a tweet.

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