Following the mass shooting at a community college in Oregon, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid took aim at Republican lawmakers for their unwillingness to take action on gun control.
“A broken heart really isn’t enough, is it?” Reid said during a speech on the Senate floor on Oct. 5.
While he expressed grief over the tragic massacre, Reid added that the country as a whole has become “desensitized” to mass shootings, The Huffington Post reports.
“If we don’t take action, we are equally responsible for these innocent deaths as the sick individuals who plot and carry out these horrific massacres,” he said.
“I’ve started to reach out to senators and talking about what can be done to advance the cause of background checks while Republicans are in charge for next year or so," the Nevada senator added. "But one thing is clear, to pass background checks, we need Republicans to stop acting as puppets for the NRA."
Bills that have been proposed in both the House and Senate to expand background checks for gun purchases have failed so far, despite the Oregon shooting being the 45th shooting at a school so far in 2015.