Senator implores Congress not to be ‘afraid’ of the NRA

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) lambasted Congress in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, telling the federal legislature “to get off its ass and do something.”

59 people are confirmed dead after the recently identified shooter, Stephen Paddock, opened fire on a concert at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Sunday night.

“This must stop,” Murphy said in a statement. “It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference.”

The National Rifle Association gave $1.09 million to election campaigns in 2016 — mostly Republicans — and spent nearly $3.2 million lobbying in the same year, according to OpenSecrets.org.

“Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity,” Murphy continued. “Last night’s massacre may go down as the deadliest in our nation’s history, but already this year there have been more mass shootings than days in the year.”

338 mass shootings have taken place since the beginning of 2017, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker. The Gun Violence Archive places the number at a more conservative 273, which still arrives at an alarming average of almost one mass shooting per day.

A mass shooting is defined as having 4 or more victims shot and/or killed in a single event.