Congress Is Paralyzed on Guns. Here’s Why Chris Murphy Is Still Hopeful.


WASHINGTON — It did not take long after the racist gun massacre in Buffalo for a familiar sense of resignation to set in on Capitol Hill about the chance that Congress would be able to muster the will to act on meaningful legislation to combat gun violence in America.

In emotional remarks at the scene of the mass shooting on Tuesday, President Biden made no call for such action, and afterward, he was frank about his belief that persuading Congress to move would be “very difficult.”

Around the same time, top Democrats on Capitol Hill were publicly conceding that their paper-thin majority in the Senate meant there was little they would be able to do to prevent the next tragedy.

“We’re kind of stuck where we are, for the time being,” said Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of…



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