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How things change when there is a mass shooting in your legislative district

How things change when there is a mass shooting in your legislative district

When news broke of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) knew he’d call Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), stepping into an uncomfortably familiar role of counseling a member of Congress whose district just went through a tragedy.

Murphy, who represented the Newtown, Conn., area in the House before becoming a senator, has done it before. He and other members of the worst club in Washington band together to embrace members and their communities after a shooting.

The Democrat describes those calls as a “private, consoling conversation.” He promises the lawmaker that his or her community will be supported.

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