Connecticut Legislators Call Congress Complicit in Orlando Mass Shooting

Connecticut legislators were quick to react to the news of the worst massacre in U.S. history on Sunday.

Sen. Chris Murphy condemned the killing of 50 people at an Orlando nightclub, and called Congress complicit in the shooting because of its inaction on gun control.

"I'm aching for the victims, their loved ones, and the people of Orlando, and I pray that all those injured have a quick and full recovery," Murphy said in a statement. He didn't hesitate to point the finger at fellow legislators. "Congress has become complicit in these murders by its total, unconscionable deafening silence. This doesn't have to happen, but this epidemic will continue without end if Congress continues to sit on its hands and do nothing -- again."

On Twitter, Murphy continued his message.

"Congress's heartless, intentional silence has become a quiet message of endorsement to would be shooters contemplating mass murder." Murphy said on Twitter.

Murphy's words were echoed by senior Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

"The Senate's inaction on commonsense gun violence prevention makes it complicit in this public health crisis. Prayers and platitudes are insufficient," Blumenthal said in a statement.

Scott Wilson, the president of the gun rights group Connecticut Citizens Defense League said Murphy and Blumenthal are trying to use the shooting as a way to advance their political careers.

"It is shameful that our two senators fail to address the root causes behind these incidents. They would rather curtail lawful gun ownership than deal with those more difficult issues," Wilson said in a statement.

Fourth District Rep. Jim Himes tweeted about what he perceives as inaction by Congress.

"I will not attend one more 'Moment of Silence' on the Floor.  Our silence does not honor the victims, it mocks them," he said.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who represents the 5th District, which includes Sandy Hook, provided her words of comfort to those closely affected by the shooting.

"Today we awoke to the agonizing news that at least 50 lives have been taken from us, and 53 people wounded, in yet another act of brutal gun violence in our country. We are heartsick for the victims and for their loved ones, and we pray for a quick recovery for all those who have been injured," she said.

In accordance with a proclamation from President Obama, Gov. Dannell Malloy directed flags be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the massacre. Gov. Malloy also raised the pride flag at the Governor's residence in Hartford.

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