Sen. Blumenthal Says Republicans Are ‘Complicit’ in ‘All’ of the Mass Shootings

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) says Republican lawmakers are going to be “put on record” following the second fatal mass shooting in the U.S. in a week.

CNN’s Erin Burnett noted during Tuesday night’s “OutFront” interview with Blumenthal that the Senate is currently 50-50 and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) expressed he does not support two gun control bills passed by the House of Representatives.

“Putting aside Republicans, if you don’t have Sen. Manchin, is this a non-starter?” Burnett asked.

Blumenthal responded, “We shouldn’t be putting aside Republicans. They bear a responsibility as well.”

“They are the ones who are ducking that responsibility and become complicit in all of these shootings,” he continued. “It’s not just Boulder, it’s 100 killings a day, not to mention the emotional trauma and injuries.”

“I think my Republican colleagues are going to be put on record. We are going to have a vote.”

Watch Blumenthal’s interview below:

During a hearing on Tuesday, Blumenthal pushed for gun legislation to be passed.

Referring to Monday afternoon’s shooting in Boulder, Colorado, where 10 people were killed, the Democratic senator said, “Inaction has made this horror completely predictable. Inaction by this Congress makes us complicit.”

Measures Blumenthal said he supports includes expanded background checks, protection for domestic violence victims, and standards for safe storage, according to Fox News.

Additionally, Blumenthal said during the CNN interview that “thoughts and prayers” are “good” but “not enough.”

“Thoughts and prayers are good, but they’re not enough,” the senator said. “After every one of these shootings, my Republican colleagues say they’re offering thoughts and prayers, but then they oppose common-sense, constitutional measures to separate people from guns when those people are dangerous.”

At Tuesday’s hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) declared it is “time for us to do something” following the two fatal mass shootings recently, before suggesting, “What happens in this committee after every mass shooting is Democrats propose taking away guns from law-abiding citizens.”

The Texas senator also said he does not “apologize for thoughts or prayers.”

President Joe Biden called for Congress to pass gun control laws during his remarks from the White House on Tuesday. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also said that Biden is “considering a range” of executive actions in an effort to stop gun violence.

Responses

  1. and you will be on record as proving you hate the american people and the constitution and using a crisis to push an agenda that will leave millions unprotected in their own homes while you sit safely behind your walls and 30,000 guard troops.
    you demand protection while you tell us we have no right to the same

  2. Blumenthal is a lying, cheating, corrupt Democrat. They always think you have rights only if you agree with them. They never let a tragedy go unused. Frankenstein has introduced the same legislation as after Sandy Hook, anything to infringe on our 2nd Amendment Rights. Wait for it, Democrats will claim (lie), “No one is coming for your guns.). Mad King Biden the Usurper and Divider is wanting multiple gun laws, one more way to divide America.

  3. Gun Violence – There are a lot of emotional arguments on both sides, and “Feel-Good” Legislative activity at the State levels – so let’s break down the official numbers from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): New numbers are 38,000 deaths a year; however, the ratios are probably the same
    • In 2017, there were 32,000 deaths from Gun Violence in the USA – 40,100 in car accidents
    • 60% are suicides = 19,200 (conveniently omitted fact)
    • 3% are accidental = 960 and 4% are justified = 1,280
    • 33% are homicides = 10,560
    • However, 80% of them are gang related = 8,448.
    • That leaves 2,112 in society of 312 million
    • As we all know, it is not politically correct to discuss the prevailing Black-on-Black crime and Latin Gangs – Back population is 14%, however they represent more than 50% of the homicides.

    According to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost every major study on the issue has found that Americans use their firearms in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times a year. There’s good reason to believe that many of these defensive gun uses aren’t reported to police, much less make the local or national news.

    Finland and Switzerland have some of the highest per capita gun ownership in the world, yet some of the lowest gun violence. Both of them are small culturally homogeneous (same basic values) and well-educated societies with mandatory military service for all males. USA is not.

    Guns do not kill – people do.

    Criminals would not comply with any gun control laws. However, these “Feel-Good” laws provide politicians the cover – like they really care.

    Most mass shootings have occurred in gun-free zones – why – a safe place for the shooter.
    Public Gun Registration would have some serious unintended consequences
    • Let the criminals know which house may not be the safe ‘target’ to break in
    • Also, where one could find some guns for their criminal activities

    America does not have a gun problem. We have significant problems with education, culture, and socio-economics. How much does our culture of violence, propaganda of envy, and lack of respect (self and authority) impact the younger generation?

    1. Very well presented, JT. You’ll see these exact words again when I post this to gun grabbing liberals that have no idea what they are crowing about. They need to see the statistics!

  4. Blumenthal, you mean the decorated military veteran? No, wait he lied about this military service. You can’t fix stupid.

    1. Blumenthal, 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤬I never believe a word that comes out of that idiots phony mouth !!!

  5. Dick!!! Hows that great Vietnam Vet doing???
    Ohhhh… thats right you stole that valor and are a squishy pos!
    You have no honor and you should be removed from office.

  6. This guy is a demented delusional lying snake that should be removed. He’s an embarrassment to our country.

  7. Once an idiot always an idiot. Lying about being in Viet Nam was unforgivable. Now he’s and expert on mass shootings.

  8. maybe we all need to add up all of the killings the blacks do every single weekend across the US… lets start with chicago… want to add more cities…

  9. It is the liberals who are complicit in the mass shootings. It is the liberals who exploit and benefit from every incident. Blumethal is projecting and trying to deflect the blame on to Republicans, a standard Democrat rhetorical trick.

  10. But there is no “horror” in aborting 900 children every day for years.

    1. I have just never understood why aborting fetuses that have never made any contribution to society is worse than killing adults who may, and very likely have, done so. I’m not for either one, but come on….fewer of the contributing adults would be shot in civilian circumstances if civilians were not allowed to have military-style weapons.

      1. Meredith: Would you consider drug dealing a “contribution to society”?
        I believe the man that was burned to death by those two young thugs had contributed to society. And he was NOT killed by guns.
        P.S. How do you propose stopping the sale of guns on the black market? I’m sure you are smart enough to realize there will ALWAYS be a black market.

      2. Fetuses that have never made a contribution? Did I read this correctly? Are you this obtuse? Abortion is non punished murder.

        1. Meredith’s attitude seems to be the current Democrat liberal attitude: if you don’t “contribute” to society, you don’t deserve to live. This justifies their wanting to take medical care and other support from retired senior citizens.

      3. Meredith your logic is truely bizarre. Common issue with libtards so not unexpected.

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