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Chris Murphy texted 'Are you serious?' to Kyrsten Sinema after she expressed interest in Senate gun reform talks: NYT

Added 06-25-22 03:14:02pm EST - “Sinema has stymied some of President Joe Biden's biggest domestic agenda items, but was fully onboard with the bipartisan gun negotiations.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Chris Murphy texted 'Are you serious?' to Kyrsten Sinema after she expressed interest in Senate gun reform talks: NYT”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut has long been one of the most forceful gun control advocates in Congress, seeking to forge consensus on an issue that for decades eluded lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

After 26 people, including 20 children, were killed in a 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown — a town in the congressional district that Murphy represented when he was a member of the House — the senator fought to tighten gun laws in a country where an aversion to such restrictions has become more entrenched in recent years.

However, after high-profile mass shootings at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Murphy knew he'd need a new approach to get anything passed in the evenly-divided Senate.

While Democrats would normally have come to the table pushing for an assault weapons ban and expansive background checks, the senator kept the math in his mind, according to The New York Times.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, a conservative who would not have accepted a broad assault weapons ban and other sweeping restrictions sought by Democrats, said the bipartisan negotiators truly wanted to advance legislation that could pass the upper chamber.

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