“When are we going to do something? I am tired. I am so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families out there. I’m tired of the moments of silence. Enough. … So I ask you, Mitch McConnell and all of you senators who refuse to do anything about the violence and the school shootings and the supermarkets shootings — I ask you, are you going to put your own desire for power ahead of the lives of our children and our elderly and our church-goers? Because that’s what it looks like. That’s what we do every week. I’m fed up. I’ve had enough. We can’t get numb to this. We can’t sit here and just read about it and say let’s have a moment of silence.”
“Guns flow in this country like water, and that’s why we have mass shooting after mass shooting, and, you know, spare me the bullshit about mental illness,” said Murphy. “We don’t have any more mental illness than any other country in the world. You cannot explain this through a prism of mental illness because … we’re not an outlier on mental illness, we’re an outlier when it comes to access to firearms and the ability of criminals and very sick people to get their hands on firearms. That’s what makes America different.”
At issue is the 60-vote threshold necessary to end debate in the Senate. Without 60 votes on any gun control legislation, there is no path forward. And at the moment — and unless something major shifts — there aren’t 60 Senate votes for anything that is perceived as curtailing gun rights.
And yet, and yet, and yet.
There are those who will argue that this proposal or that proposal would not have prevented what happened in Texas on Tuesday. Which, fine.
But go back to Kerr. This isn’t about some dry legislative proposal. This is about who we are and who we want to be as a country. Do we want to just keep rinsing and repeating with these mass shootings? Do we want to grow numb (or number) to what happened in Uvalde or Newtown or dozens of other places around the country?
Or do we want to do what we can to change things — with the recognition that no public policy proposal is perfect or will completely solve our gun violence problem?
“I’ve had enough,” Kerr said as he walked away from the microphone. Same.