Blumenthal: If Same Number of Gun Deaths Were Due to Illness, ‘This Nation Would Be Up in Arms’

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Thursday that “If 30,000 people in the United States of America fell sick of flu or Ebola or polio, this nation would be up in arms,” adding that the U.S. is dealing with “an epidemic of gun death and gun disease that is taking lives.”

“If 30,000 people in the United States of America fell sick of flu or ebola or polio this nation would be up in arms, there would be drastic, effective action, 30,000 people falling sick as a result of a public epidemic, dying as a result is a public health crisis,” he said. “We have in this nation truly an epidemic of gun death and gun disease that is taking lives, 90 of them every day and should be treated as a public health crisis.”