“Let’s call it like it is,” declared Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Friday in response to the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas that left at least nine students and one teacher dead. “The horrifying inaction of Congress, slaughter after slaughter, has become a green light to would-be shooters, who pervert silence into endorsement.”
In placing blame for the gun violence crisis that continues to inflict communities nationwide on inaction at the highest levels of the US government — where the National Rifle Association (NRA) holds tremendous sway, particularly over President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress — Murphy echoed the reaction of many students, activists, human rights groups, and progressive lawmakers to Friday’s massacre, which was the 22nd school shooting of 2018.
America’s gun crisis has become so severe that Santa Fe High School student Paige Curry told an interviewer on Friday that she has “always felt” a mass shooting “would eventually happen here too.”
Interviewer: “Was there a part of you that was like, ‘This could not happen at my school?'”
Santa Fe High School student: “No. It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always felt it would eventually happen here, too.”pic.twitter.com/MPxVScd3QE
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 18, 2018
“This says it all,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) wrote in response to Curry’s interview, which quickly went viral as students from Parkland, Florida — where another high school shooting took place in February — shared the clip and expressed solidarity.
“Those with the power to stop these shootings have let our children down,” Jayapal added.
The Parkland shooting, which left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, sparked a national movement of students demanding that Congress and the president confront the NRA…