Senator Chris Murphy wants to cut funding for cops who don’t enforce gun laws

Sen. Chris Murphy on Sunday proposed withholding federal funds from law enforcement agencies refusing to enforce state and national gun laws following mass shootings in Colorado and Virginia.

Murphy (D-Conn.), an outspoken supporter of gun control laws and a ban on assault weapons, said the Senate needs to have a conversation about funding law enforcement agencies that are reluctant to implement gun laws in “Second Amendment sanctuaries.”

“They have decided that essentially they will refuse to implement laws that are on the books. It’s a growing problem in this country,” Murphy said on CNN “State of the Nation.”

“And I think we’re going to have to have a conversation about that in the United States Senate. Do we want to continue to allocate funds to law enforcement in counties that refuse to implement state and federal gun laws?” he said.​

El Paso County, Co., where a man armed with an assault weapon killed five people at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs on Nov. 19, is a so-called Second Amendment sanctuary, and authorities declined to issue a “red flag.” to pursue. Order against the accused shooter following a previous incident involving his mother.

Chesapeake, Virginia, the scene of the November 22 mass shooting at a Walmart where six employees were shot dead by an executive at the big department store, is also a Second Amendment sanctuary.

A police car parked outside the Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, a day after a gunman killed six store employees.
A police car parked outside the Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, a day after a gunman killed six store employees.
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A man practices shooting at a shooting range in Houston, Texas on October 16, 2022.
A man practices shooting at a shooting range in Houston, Texas on October 16, 2022.
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President Biden told reporters last week that he would seek an assault weapons ban before the new Congress meets after the first of the year, saying he was “tired of these shootings.”

“The idea that we still allow the purchase of semi-automatic weapons is sick. It’s just sick. It has no, no social redemption value. Zero. none. There isn’t a single, lonely rationale for this other than profit for the gun manufacturers,” Biden said while visiting first responders at the Nantucket Fire Department in Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day

But Murphy said he doesn’t think there will be 60 votes in the Senate to pass an assault weapons ban.

“I’m glad President Biden will be pushing us to vote on an assault weapons ban,” he said on CNN.

Flowers at a memorial at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Co., following a mass shooting that killed five people on Nov. 19.
Flowers at a memorial outside an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Co., following a mass shooting that killed five people on Nov. 19.
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“The house already existed. She sits before the Senate. Does she have 60 votes in the Senate right now? Probably not. But let’s see if we can try to get that number as close to 60 as possible. If we don’t have the voices, then we have a say [Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer and maybe come back next year, maybe with an extra senator, and see if we can do better,” he said

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