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Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) may be as close to openly fascist as one can be and still get elected to the U.S. Senate.

On Monday, Murphy called for Congress to “get off its ass and do something” about gun violence after the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas that left more than 55 people dead.

Murphy issued a statement saying:

“Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity. Last night’s massacre may go down as the deadliest in our nation’s history, but already this year there have been more mass shootings than days in the year.

This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference.

It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”

You know what they say about the road to hell being paved with “good intentions”? This is the perfect example. Only, because Murphy has been pushing for the destruction of the 2nd Amendment for years, we can be fairly confident that he has neither much knowledge of the subject, nor the best of intentions.

Here’s a little knowledge for anyone interested in the facts of the matter, instead of just being interested about how they can gain politically from the situation.

First, the gun that Stephen Paddock used to commit his heinous crime was likely already illegal.

As Sean Davis explains at the Federalist automatic weapons (or machine guns) are already banned or almost unattainable under existing federal law.

Fully automatic weapons are highly regulated under both federal and state law. Only licensed entities are permitted to manufacture, sell, or own them. Private civilian ownership of machine guns is illegal unless the individual has been explicitly permitted by the federal ATF to own them. All fully automatic weapons must be registered with the federal government in a central registry with no exceptions. A special tax is levied on all NFA items (machine guns, suppressors, short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, and destructive devices) with no exceptions.

These are not my opinions. They are cold, hard facts about gun laws in the United States.

Secondly, the concert area was a “gun free zone.” All guns were already banned there.

Thirdly, as Cooke explains above, Paddock would have had to have done a lot of work beforehand to prepare for this unspeakable act. There is nothing that Congress could do to stop someone as committed as Paddock was.

Finally, Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire explains that making policy on the heels of a terrible event is usually a bad idea.

Making Policy On The Heels Of Horror Is Rarely Wise. Good policy is good regardless of timing; bad policy is bad regardless of timing. But when something horrific occurs, it’s in the interest of those pushing a related policy to suggest that those who oppose the policy somehow don’t care enough about victims. We heard this from gun control advocates after Sandy Hook, after Pulse, after Virginia Tech, after Columbine — after every mass shooting. Passion doesn’t make policy good or worthwhile. And injecting emotional accusations into the process never makes policy — or the country — better. Usually such accusations merely end with more heavyhanded government policy that doesn’t actually achieve the end for which it supposedly aims.

All of which is to say, now is a good time to shut up. Now is a time to contemplate the nature of human evil, to gather information, and to stay silent. Now isn’t a time to push your favorite policy talking point, or to use people’s justifiable emotional response as gas in the tank for your legislative push.

What should politicians be doing and saying, right now?

Nothing. They should be “doing” nothing. They should be saying nothing, other than expressing condolences and grief. That’s it. That’s all.

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