HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is dedicating his first speech from the Senate floor to support measures to curb gun violence.

The Democrat told stories of some the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December and said Wednesday that people outside Washington are clamoring for congressional action on gun control.

Murphy was elected in November and was still serving as a U.S. representative for the area including Newtown when the massacre of 26 people occurred on Dec. 14.

He said a few days after the shooting he would judge himself as a senator by whether he worked enough to make something good happen from the deaths.

Murphy has aggressively criticized the role of the National Rifle Association in the debate over gun control since taking office in January.

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