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Murphy: Speed, Capacity of Semi-Automatic Weapons 'Unbelievable' [Video]

Sen. Chris Murphy watches a state police demonstration of the power of military-style assault rifles in Simsbury.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D—Conn.) paid a visit to the Conn. State Police Gun Range in Simsbury Friday for a demonstration on military-style assault rifles.

State police Sergeant Shawn Corey demonstrated the differences between two military-style assault rifles for Murphy as he asked questions specifically about two versions of a similar weapon—one that is banned in the state of Conn. and one that is currently legal.

The demonstration came following gun control hearings the state recently took on. The hearings were in response to the Newtown shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Mike H February 02, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Yeah, Chris, they work faster and better than you do. And, really, you're a Congressman and you're making neophytic statements like, "The speed, capacity of semi-automatic weapons unbelievable?" My grandmother knows that without a dog and pony show. How's things going with the other important tasks of our government. Hate to think all you're doing is spending your time on only this one thing. Frankly, we have enough laws on the books already --- how about spending time looking into why they're not being funded and enforced instead of playing with guns.
Harold February 02, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Chris is still someone who needs to understand that we need better mental health care - it was not the gun but the user that caused the death of children. Congress in both the State and Federal are taking the easy way out that will have no measurable effect on the deaths caused by guns in this country. Cultural Gangs will still kill one another, mentally ill people and people who have no respect for others will be the cause of deaths not guns that this photo op showed.
fred February 03, 2013 at 11:31 AM
You guys are correct. The enforcement issue is a big one. We put laws on the books (always a lot of press -- free publicity --- about the putting) but fall short of enforcement (not much press). Take a look at the cell phone laws: Lot's of hoop-la about implementing them, raising the fines, but do we see a lot of enforcement? No. I'm in Southington. Not a week goes by -- even a reported "slow week" -- that I don't see maybe but one (and that not every week) in the minor violation count. But politicians like Chris got a lot of good, solid free publicity in the debate; then the cops drop the ball and no one knows until something like Newtown comes up and then they're on top of it like flies on a manure pile. It also helps take the public's focus off the politicians inability to deal with the other important and less tractable problems in running the country. See to it that the laws on the books are enforced, Chris, move on to other things needful in our country. Maybe then I will vote for you.

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