Senators Launch Gun Control Filibuster in the Wake of Orlando Massacre
"We are here today to say enough," said New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker
As 49 shattered families turned to planning funerals for the innocents lost in the Orlando massacre, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut launched a talking filibuster on the Senate floor on Wednesday, vowing to remain on the floor until Democratic and Republican senators alike “have figured out a way to come together” on legislation that would prohibit suspected terrorists from buying firearms and require universal background checks.
“I’m going to remain on this floor until we get some signal, some sign that we can come together on these two measures, that we can get a path forward on addressing this epidemic in a meaningful, bipartisan way,” said Murphy, a leading gun-control advocate.
The senator first mounted his filibuster at about 11:20 a.m. and has been standing firm for more than two hours. He was quickly joined by fellow Democrats including Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who helped fuel the filibuster with questions.
“We are here today to say enough,” said New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, according to The Hartford Courant. “I’ve cleared my entire day. I’ve cleared my evening events so I can stay on this floor and support Senator Murphy.”
Booker also took to Twitter to say:
The Senate had gathered to vote on an appropriations bill Wednesday but the focus quickly turned to Sunday’s massacre in Orlando in which 49 people were shot and killed by a man with a semi-automatic rifle.
Murphy voiced his frustration over Congress’ failure to take action on gun control in the wake of another mass shooting.
“I am, most of the time around here, a team player, but I’ve had enough,” he said. “I just couldn’t bring myself to come back to the Senate this week and pretend like this is just business as usual. We’ve got to do something different.”