It wasn’t Sen. Chris Murphy who sat down with unsuspecting Republicans to negotiate universal background checks behind closed doors. Gabby Giffords had a seat at the table, too.
According to a Giffords fundraising email sent Wednesday, Murphy wrote that Joe Biden’s executive orders weren’t enough to fully address the background check “crisis.”
“That’s why I’ve been working with Republicans and Democrats on legislation to expand background checks in the Senate. Giffords is my teammate in all of this,” Murphy wrote. “They are doing everything they can to make sure background checks get passed and signed into law.”
The Connecticut senator wrote that the “gun lobby has a hold on many members of the Senate and has spent millions of dollars halting and unraveling gun safety progress.”
“We need your help to keep the pressure on my colleagues and fight back against the gun lobby. Only Congress can close the gaping loopholes in our background checks system,” Murphy wrote in the fundraising email. “Background checks are supported by more than 90% of Americans. That does not happen without the support of the overwhelming majority of Republicans, conservatives, and gun owners. I believe we can and must get this done.”
The email was signed: “Every best wish, Chris Murphy.”
Murphy is still trying to find a Republican interested in compromising on background checks, although the rest of the senate has moved on to more important matters.