Connecticut lawmakers demand Congress make gun reform laws on federal level

Connecticut passed some of the most comprehensive gun laws in the country in the wake of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. After another deadly school shooting in Texas, Connecticut officials asking what Congress plans to do about in its wake.
"If you use the second amendment as an excuse, then you're complicit in the murders of our children," said Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz.
State leaders and lawmakers are calling on Congress for federal action on gun control. Gov. Ned Lamont says Connecticut's laws are a good model to start with.
"That AR-15 they used in Buffalo would not be able to be purchased here, we would have had background checks. But it doesn't work if we're doing it on our own," he said.
Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation say the problem lies with deadlock in the U.S. Senate.
Rep. Jahana Hayes says the frequency of mass shootings like the one in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday is a uniquely American problem.
"Other countries have mental health issues. Other countries have gun violence issues. But other countries act decisively at the moment when anything happens," she said.
Universal background checks poll with broad support among Americans. Connecticut senators say there's not enough Republican support in the Senate for common-sense gun reforms.
The U.S. Senate hasn't passed any significant gun control legislation in the 10 years since the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy.