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Senator Responds to Trump’s N.R.A. Speech With Photos of Shooting Victims

Senator Christopher S. Murphy, center, has pushed for increased gun control since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Credit Alex Brandon/Associated Press
As President Trump took the stage to champion the Second Amendment at a National Rifle Association convention on Friday, a United States senator sought to counter his message by unleashing a Twitter storm using the names, ages and pictures of gun violence victims.
Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, who has fought for increased gun control since the 2012 school massacre in his home state, posted on Twitter on Friday morning to urge his followers not to watch Mr. Trump’s speech and instead, “think about who we are fighting for.”
Mr. Murphy then posted 11 messages showing the faces of shooting victims, many of whom were children, including four of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
In a statement on Friday to The New York Times, he said he had started the tweet storm because he knew that “the substance” of the gun-control debate would get “totally lost” amid coverage of the president’s speech in Atlanta.

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