Greater Danbury’s Congressional delegation condemned Sunday’s mass murder of 26 church-goers in rural Texas as a ‘uniquely and tragically American’ scourge that is preventable.

“None of this is inevitable,” said U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy in a prepared statement. “I know this because no other country endures this pace of mass carnage like America. It is uniquely and tragically American. As long as our nation chooses to flood the county with dangerous weapons and consciously let those weapons fall into the hands of dangerous people, these killings will not abate.”

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a fellow Democrat, agreed.

“I share the horror, heartbreak and shame felt ... as the nation endures yet another massacre of innocent lives,” Blumenthal said in a prepared statement. “Prayers are important, but insufficient. Congress is complicit in this unspeakable tragedy through its inexcusable inaction. Enough is enough - now is the time for common sense gun violence prevention measures.”

The senators were reacting to news that a gunman opened fire on worshippers in a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The shooting came 35 days after man fired on a concert-goers in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding 500.

“It’s become increasingly clear that we have two choices: accept this senseless carnage as the new normal in our society, or stand as Americans against the force of the corporate gun lobby to prevent future tragedies,” said U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat, in a prepared statement. “I’m ready to work with anyone, Republican or Democrat, who will help to end the epidemic of gun violence in this country. I hope that responsible gun owners throughout our country will join me to find a better way forward and keep families safe.”