Stephanie Murphy anticipates ‘tipping point’ in gun debate
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On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday, Rep. Stephanie Murphy discussed the current national conversation on gun laws and potential reforms, expressing optimism that a change is coming, even as she processed certain realities.

One such reality: President Donald Trump is walking back what seemed to be support for gun reforms, expressed in a recent bipartisan meeting with her and other members of Congress at the White House.

“I was at the table at that meeting and was hopeful that we’d be able to get the President’s support for common sense gun safety measures,” the Winter Park Democrat said. “He talked a really big game about what he’d be supportive of, so it’s really disappointing that his proposal falls short of what parents in my community are asking us to do.”

“He talked a big game challenging both Republicans and Democrats not to be fearful of the NRA. Certainly, he rolled back his commitments,” Murphy added.

Murphy extolled her own Gun Violence Research Act, which would allow the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies to sponsor independent research into the causes of and solutions for gun violence.

Despite pushback from panelists, Murphy said such research was necessary.

She described the current national conversation about gun solutions as anecdotal, “reactive to the latest mass shooting, the latest headline,” saying that the real issue is the “day to day gun violence in our communities,” citing an example of doctors wanting guidance treating battlefield gun wounds in community hospitals.

“You might be looking at a tipping point because those students in Florida are starting a movement,” Murphy said. “You’re talking about a generation that had to grow up where they don’t know anything but school mass shootings. They’re sick and tired of it, and they’re activating.”

“I think the gun lobby’s hold over politicians is about to change,” Murphy added.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Barbara Margaret

    March 13, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Sorry, sweetie.
    You kids are well intentioned but naive. You are also being manipulated by the lib left.
    Your pain is awful. I get it. But taking my lawful firearm rights away won’t help.
    Many many times firearms are used to defend and save lives. It happened in my own family.
    If you think you can keep firearms away from those who shouldn’t have them, tell me this:
    Have any of your underage friends smoked cigarettes? Drank alcohol? Smoked pot?
    What?! The laws couldn’t stop it?!
    It is illegal to murder, but those laws didn’t stop the shooter.
    You care about Innocents dying? Why haven’t you decried Chicago? How many teens kill and maim via automobile?
    If 18 yr olds lack the responsibility to buy a firearm, they lack responsibility to drive a car, which is also a death machine. And likewise, they are too irresponsible to VOTE. BC government officials likewise have power of life and death over us citizens.
    Your justified anger should better be directed at the FBI and sheriff who failed to protect you. And Barak Obama &Eric Holder, who devised the Promise program, which PAID schools to not report student incidents, making crime stats look better and keeping students from getting a record.
    If Cruz’s past had been properly documented, he wouldn’t have had the AR.
    How about your school staff, who had open doors unmonitored? Cruz got into the school unchallenged.

  • Randy Renfro

    March 14, 2018 at 12:54 am

    It sure didn’t help any when the cowardly security the school had hauled butt .It doesn’t help that video games and TV are spewing death as a ordinary occurrence either .Funny how the solution is always to attack the 2nd amendment .

  • Sandra

    March 14, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Research and evidence based measures are needed to address gun violence. It doesn’t only come down to mass shootings. It involves homicide (very often in the context of domestic violence, with women and children being most of the victims), and suicide. No other first world country has the mortality rate by firearms that the US has. We can do better, we owe it to our future generations, and to ourselves as well. Time to leave ideology aside, and let the numbers, statistics and evidence do the talk. But to do that, the CDC must receive funds to conduct this critical research.

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