Rep. Larson: Congress ‘Complicit’ in Gun Violence Deaths by Lack of Action

By Ali Meyer | March 12, 2014 | 2:28pm EDT

Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) (AP Photo)

( -- Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) said that Congress, by not taking a vote on more gun control legislation, is “complicit in the deaths and atrocities that take place,” at a Capitol Hill news conference on Tuesday.  Several other Democratic congressmen stood with Larson as he spoke, as well as members of Team 26, a group of bicyclists who were embarking on their second annual Sandy Hook Ride.

“The United States Congress is complicit, the United States Congress shares the responsibility, the United States Congress  by not, even in the House of Representatives, taking a vote, is complicit in the deaths and the atrocities that take place because of the lack of action, on the part of the United States Congress,” Larson said.

“Senator Murphy is correct, silence equals being complicit,” said Larson.  “It is long overdue for this Congress to act. I’m proud to stand with the delegation, from top to bottom, who is solidly behind this initiative, and further always encouraged and inspired by Monti and Team 26 and everybody who stays committed to this great challenge, this great calling of our age.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) echoed those statements saying, “And now, America should be watching the Congress because its inaction, Monty, makes it an aider and abetor of those 30,000 deaths that are occurring and recurring and continuing in America. There is no excuse for inaction by Congress.”

Team 26 began their 400-mile journey in Newtown, Conn., where the Sandy Hook shootings took place on Dec. 14, 2012, when 26 people were killed, 20 of whom were children.

Members of Team 26 finished their journey at the West Lawn on the U.S. Capitol, joining Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), Rep. Rosa DeLauro, (D-Conn), Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) to honor all victims of gun violence.

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