Democratic Senator Launches Filibuster Until Senate Agrees to Act on Gun Legislation | Sojourners

Democratic Senator Launches Filibuster Until Senate Agrees to Act on Gun Legislation

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is occupying the floor of the U.S. Senate until the chamber agrees to pass gun violence legislation, reports The Hill.

So far, Murphy has yielded the floor a few times — without losing the right to keep speaking afterwards — to both Republican and Democratic senators so that they can ask questions or make comments.

According to The Hill:

“I'm prepared to stand on this floor and talk about the need for this body to come together on keeping terrorists away from getting guns ... for, frankly, as long as I can, because I know that we can come together on this issue,” said Murphy, who has made a name for himself in the Senate for repeated calls to write stronger gun control laws.

Murphy didn’t say how long he plans to talk on the Senate floor. The Senate is considering the Commerce, Justice and Science spending bill.

… Murphy’s state is home to one of the most infamous shootings in American history: the 2012 killing of 20 school children and six adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

The Senate filibuster can be viewed live here.

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