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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, coming to Congress representing Sandy Hook, asked his colleagues to finally pass legislation that addresses the gun violence problem in the nation last school shooting unfolded on Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas.

A burned-out Murphy entered the Senate, urging lawmakers to do what they failed to do after the killing of 26 elementary school students and educators in Newtown, Connecticut, nearly a decade ago. Since the failure of a bipartisan Senate effort following this massacre, Congress has been unable to pass any substantive gun violence legislation.

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“What do we do?” demanded Murphy. The Democrat, who represented Newtown as a US congressman, urged his colleagues to find a compromise.

“I’m here on this floor to beg – to literally get on my hands and knees – to beg for my colleagues. Find a way forward here. Work with us to find a way to pass legislation that makes this less likely,” he said.

“I just don’t understand why people here think we’re powerless,” Murphy later told reporters. “We are not.”

He said he was working with colleagues, particularly Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, to see if they could muster bipartisan support for the gun violence legislation.

Though Democratic President Joe Biden’s party has little control of Congress, gun violence bills have been stymied in the face of Republican opposition in the Senate.

Last year, the House of Representatives passed two bills expanding background checks on firearm purchases. A bill would have closed a loophole for private and online sales. The other would have extended the review period for the background check.

Both languished in the 50-50 Senate, where Democrats need at least 10 Republican votes to overcome a filibuster’s objections.

Tuesday’s tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Texas is similar to the Sandy Hook shooting in which a 20-year-old man shot inside the locked school on December 14, 2012, then killing 20 first graders and six educators with an AR. 15 type rifle legally purchased from his mother. He killed himself when the police arrived. Before going to school, he fatally shot his mother at her home in Newtown.

A report by the Connecticut Children’s Attorney said the Sandy Hook gunman’s severe and worsening mental health problems, his preoccupation with violence and access to his mother’s guns were “a recipe for mass murder.”

In February, the families of nine Sandy Hook victims became victims reached a $73 million settlement in a court case against the manufacturer of the gun used in the shooting.

The 2015 case against Remington was closely watched by gun control advocates, gun rights supporters and manufacturers because of its potential to provide a roadmap for victims of other shootings to sue gun manufacturers.

The families and one survivor argued that the company should never have sold such a dangerous weapon to the public. They said their focus is on preventing future mass shootings by forcing gun companies to be more responsible about their products and the way they market them.

Erica Lafferty, daughter of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the slain Sandy Hook principal, said the time for action was long gone.

“Thoughts and prayers have not brought my mother back after she was gunned down in a hallway by #SandyHook – nor will they bring back to life the 15 who were murdered at #RobbElementaryschool,” she tweeted.

Interest groups that formed after Sandy Hook also expressed their dismay.

“For the past decade, we have warned all Americans, including elected politicians across the country, that a Sandy Hook mass shooting could happen anywhere,” Po Murray, chair of the Newtown Action Alliance, said in a written statement. She called for the strengthening of gun laws at the federal and state levels.

Murphy acknowledged that the gun violence problem cannot be solved overnight.

“I understand that my fellow Republicans will not agree with everything that I may support, but there is common ground that we can find,” he said. “But by taking action, at least we’ll stop sending that silent message of affirmation to these murderers whose brains are cracking, who see the highest levels of government doing nothing, shoot after shoot.”

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