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Friday, August 18, 2017

In the wake of the Orlando shooting that left 49 dead, Senator Chris Murphy launched a filibuster on the Senate floor Wednesday at 11:20 a.m.

Murphy is calling on Republicans and Democrats to act towards closing the “terror loophole,” which would require legislation that stops suspected terrorists from buying firearms and requires universal background checks.

This morning Chris Murphy announced the filibuster on Twitter:

The senate was scheduled to debate a spending bill, but Murphy is making a stand for gun control, stating that the senate should “not proceed with debate on amendments to this bill until we have figured out a way to come together on, at the very least, two simple ideas.”

Senator Chris Murphy has been a strong advocate for gun control since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy, which took the lives of 6 adults and 20 children in his home state of Connecticut.

Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Cory Booker have joined Murphy’s effort and took to Twitter to pledge their support.

Senator Bernie Sanders also tweeted his support for Chris Murphy:

More Democrats are expected to join in on the filibuster in the coming hours.

The Orlando shooting, the largest casualty mass shooting in U.S. history, has provoked several other gun control efforts. Donald Trump is reportedly meeting with the National Rifle Association to discuss the “terror loophole” and Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety has confirmed that they are working with Republican Senator Pat Toomey on the same issue.

You can watch Murphy’s filibuster live here.

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6 Responses to Sen. Chris Murphy Leads Democrats Filibustering For Gun Control

  1. I too have had enough Senator. However, it is clear that little of value will come from that institution until if and when the power shifts. November can’t come soon enough considering the short attention span of the media and the public.

  2. Never let a crisis go to waste……the gun grabbers aren’t mad at the terrorist, Omar. No, they’re furious with rage at the law abiding American public. A radical Muslim religious fanatic, a hater of American culture, a person who obviously NEVER assimilated to life in America even though he was tokenly born here, a person who does not represent in any way what it means to be an American slaughters a building full of people and what do the Democrats do? They rush to the lights of the media and rant about how this nation needs to make it impossible for the good guys, us, to exercise our second amendment rights! Omar and his buddies? It won’t affect them in the least because they will continue to operate outside any and all laws, current, or new ones that Democrats insist will solve the problem. The Democrats love Omar because Omar simply gave them another opportunity to attack our second amendment rights and all their self serving actions like this idiots filibuster serve as evidenced of their idiocy.

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