Murphy slammed his colleagues for their "fealty to gun-makers" after the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday that left 26 people dead. He said violence in television and other media are to blame for mass shootings, not guns.
The shootings in Last Vegas last month now tops that list. Think of the NRA as the virus in our system, until something is done to subdue the virus, we will only continue to get sick.
The answer may lie in differences between how civilian courts and the US military, in which Kelley had previously served, treat domestic violence, and how each submits abusers' records for gun background checks. In fact, Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group, analysed Federal Bureau of Investigation data on mass shootings from 2009 to 2015, and found that 54 per cent of the cases were related to domestic or family violence.
Republicans, behind President Trump, quickly shifted the debate from firearms to mental health.
18 years ago, 13 people were killed in school shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado, and it provoked weeks if not months of coverage on the origins of gun violence. Instead, she said, the Brady Campaign is working to make gun violence measures a top-tier issue heading into the 2018 midterms.
"The terrifying fact is that no one is safe so long as Congress chooses to do absolutely nothing in the face of this epidemic", Mr Murphy said. "The time is now for Congress to shed its cowardly cover and do something".
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an advocacy group founded in response to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, called on lawmakers to take action.
"We are continuing to work on this", Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., said.
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"What we know and see over and over are the connections between domestic violence and gun violence", said Sarah Toft, a research director for Everytown for Gun Safety.
"We need the majority party to screw up some courage and start working with these issues", Thompson said.
Sargent Jordan Ferguson, a Spokane Police Officer who works on the Domestic Violence Unit said, "I can not come up with the words to explain or rationalize it; they're broken and they get that mindset that they are going to hurt other people".
"The first thing we need to know is know a little bit more about this", Cole said in an interview.
Pratt then observed that Senate Democrats launched into their "war chant" for more gun control only hours after the attack occurred, and he pointed out that they did so without stopping to realize that more laws would not have done anything.
Yet another lingering mystery is this: while Kelley was able to purchase guns through NICS without a hitch, he was denied a permit to carry a firearm in Texas, raising questions about why the state had disqualifying information the federal government did not.
In a study published previous year, for instance, Leana Bouffard and Sara Zedaker of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, found that almost one-third of 730 defendants in misdemeanor domestic violence cases had been arrested previously for other forms of violent crime.
Initial reports suggest that Mr Kelley had a troubled life, and had committed crimes in the past that could have conceivably barred him from legally obtaining a gun.