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Dem Sen. Chris Murphy Challenges Trump: ‘I Think You Underestimate the Power of the Gun Lobby’

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) has been one of the most outspoken members of Congress in calling for gun control in the wake of the Parkland, FL school shooting. On Wednesday, he took his appeal directly to the White House.

As part of a bipartisan discussion on guns, Murphy talked tough about the gun lobby to President Donald Trump — challenging him to break away from groups such as the NRA and support significant reform.

“Mr. President, the reason nothing has gotten done here is because the gun lobby has a veto power over any legislation on guns before Congress,” Murphy said. “I wish that wasn’t the case, but it is. If all we end up doing is the stuff that the gun industry supports this isn’t worth it. We are not going to make a difference.”

Murphy added, “I’m glad that you sat down with the NRA [on Sunday], but we will get 60 votes on a bill that looks like the compromise on background checks if you support it if you come to Congress, if you come to Republicans, and say we are going to do a [Sen. Joe] Manchin (D-WV)-[Sen. Pat] Toomey (R-PA)-like bill to get background checks it will pass. If this meeting ends up with vague notions of future compromise, then nothing will happen.”

Trump told Murphy he’s prepared to lead on the issue.

“I like that responsibility, Chris,” Trump said. “I really do. I think it’s time that a president stepped up. I’m talking Democrat and Republican presidents, they’ve not stepped up.”

Later, Murphy expressed skepticism that Trump understands the task before him.

“I think you underestimate the power of the gun lobby,” Murphy said.

Trump replied, “Some of you people are petrified of the NRA. You can’t be petrified. They want to do what’s right. They’re going to do what’s right.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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