Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy wasted no time pushing for more gun control after a horrendous school shooting in Parkland, Florida left a reported “20-50” civilians injured and “many” dead.
“Thank you, Mr. President. As we speak, there is a horrific scene playing out at a high school in south Florida,” Murphy said.
“Turn on your television right now, you’re going to see scenes of children running for their lives. What looks to be the 19th school shooting in this country, and we have not even hit March,” he continued.
“I’m coming to the floor to talk about something else, but let me just note once again for my colleagues, this happens nowhere else other than the United States of America. This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting.”
“It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction,” he said. “We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else.”
“As a parent, it scares me to death that this body doesn’t take seriously the safety of my children, and it seems like a lot of parents in south Florida are going to be asking that same question later today. We pray for the families and for the victims.”
Unfortunately, Murphy is incorrect when it comes to nations when rampage shooting incidence rates are corrected for population. As detailed elsewhere, the Rampage Shooting Index reports that the US ranked sixth in the world in such mass shootings, based on OECD numbers:
Everyone is disturbed by the harrowing shooting in Parkland, Florida. But that is not an excuse for inaccurate moralizing or immediate politicization.
The political debate can come when there is ample time for mourning and the full set of facts to come out. Unfortunately, some Democratic politicians don’t seem to get that.
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