Democratic Senator Chris Murphy has been making the rounds in support of Democrats proposed anti-gun legislation. However, in a recent interview on ABC’s This Week, the Connecticut Senator might have done more harm than good to his cause.
When pressed by reporter Jonathan Karl on the effectiveness of proposed anti-gun legislation, Murphy essentially admitted it would have done nothing to prevent the terrorist attack in Orlando.
“Your proposal would’ve done nothing in the case of Orlando. It would’ve done nothing to stop the killing in San Bernardino and in fact was — is unrelated to the killing in Newtown,” Karl explained to Murphy. “So why — I mean, why — I mean, why are we focusing on things that have nothing to do with the massacres that we are responding to? “
Although Murphy initially claims that the tragedies might have been prevented with the proposed legislation, his answer bellied his claim. “We can’t get into the trap in which we are forced to defend our proposals simply because it didn’t stop the last tragedy. We should be making our gun laws less full of Swiss cheese holes so that future killings don’t happen. That trap is an impossible one.”
“This has to be broader than just responding to the tragedy that happened three days ago,” Murphy added.
The National Rifle Association quickly jumped on Murphy’s gaffe with a tweet on Sunday:
— NRA (@NRA) June 19, 2016
Watch Senator Chris Murphy admit his proposed gun legislation would not have prevented the Orlando attacks: