Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Dem Sen. Chris Murphy insists Biden not get involved with bipartisan gun negotiations

U.S. Senators from both parties need to negotiate on bipartisan gun legislation without the involvement of President Biden, Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said Sunday.

Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, insisted that lawmakers work out the deal on their own when asked during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” if it would be helpful if Biden got involved. 

“I think the Senate needs to do this ourselves,” Murphy said. “I’ve talked to the White House every single day since these negotiations began, but right now the Senate needs to handle these negotiations.”

Both Republicans and Democrats are talking about possible changes to gun laws following several mass shootings in recent weeks, including the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead.


Murphy described the bipartisan negotiations as the most serious he’s ever been a part of, saying “There are more republicans at the table talking about changing our gun laws and investing in mental health than at any time since Sandy Hook,” where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in 2012.

Murphy said that among the Republicans working on the potential bill is Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who he said has talked about looking at how juvenile records are accessed for young men ages 18 to 21 to make sure any who have had previous problems with the law are unable to get a weapon.

FILE - In the aftermath of recent horrific mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, a bipartisan group of senators, including Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, pictured right, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., are working to try to strike a compromise over gun safety legislation.

On whether the Senate would put forth a vote on any potential gun legislation this week, Murphy said that while he isn’t sure anything will be voted on, he believes lawmakers need to have concepts to present to their colleagues in the coming week.

“We’re not going to put a piece of legislation on the table that will ban assault weapons or pass comprehensive background checks,” Murphy said. “Right now, people in this country want us to make progress, they just don’t want the status quo to continue for another 30 years.”

Despite the promise of bipartisan gun reform, Murphy said that he’s also been part of many failed negotiations in the past, adding that he’s remaining “sober-minded about our chances.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like


President Biden on Friday urged Congress to restore the abortion protections of Roe v. Wade by codifying abortion rights into federal law after the...

United States

The end of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling was the culmination of decades of work by Republicans and social conservatives — one that...


Pro-choice groups have planned major election spending to support Democrats in the midterms following the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, which protected...

United States

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to end the constitutional right to abortion concluded one battle for now but immediately posed another...


Antifa members in Washington, D.C., threatened to “burn it down” while demonstrating against the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday.  Members...


Joachim Nagel is the president of the Deutsche Bundesbank.  Flashy wallpaper, corduroy flares, long sideburns, disco and punk. The 1970s was a loud, “in...

United States

Companies had more than a month to formulate a response to the end of federal abortion rights in the United States, if they didn’t...


“Squad” Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., railed against the “extremist, racist, classist, bigoted Supreme Court” after the body overturned Roe v. Wade in a landmark...