Sen. Chris Murphy begs Congress for gun control in impactful speech

In the aftermath of the Uvalde, Texas elementary school shooting, in which an 18-year-old killed at least 19 children and two adults

A congressman who once represented the town of Sandy Hook gave a stirring viral speech.

"What exactly are we doing here?" In an impassioned speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday

Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy pleaded with his colleagues to adopt legislation to address the nation's gun violence issue.

Murphy clasped his hands together and urged with Republicans to assist Democrats in passing serious gun reform legislation during his remarks.

"I'm here on this floor to beg, to implore my colleagues to find a way forward here."

"Why go to all the trouble of securing this job or placing yourself in a position of leadership if your answer is that we do nothing as this carnage escalates, as our children flee for their lives?"

 He implored his Republican colleagues. While Republicans are frequently chastised for their unwavering support for the gun lobby

 Democrats, for their part, have failed to implement any significant gun legislation.

"We do not have a higher rate of mental illness than any other country. Because we're not an outlier on mental illness

You can't explain this via the lens of mental disease "According to the Guardian, Murphy told reporters.

"When it comes to gun access and the capacity of criminals and the terminally ill to obtain firearms, we're an outlier. That is what distinguishes America."