Senate Democrats are literally taking a stand for gun control.
Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut stood up in front of the Senate just before noon and began what is going to be a “filibuster-style blockade.”
They have promised to not stop speaking until the government does something meaningful in regards to gun control.
Senator Murphy said:
“Newtown is still putting itself back together, probably will be for a long time. This is a different moment today than it was at the end of last week.
There is a newfound imperative for this body to find a way to come together and take action, to try to do our part to stem this epidemic of gun violence and in particular this epidemic of mass shootings.
There is a fundamental disconnect with the American people when these tragedies continue to occur and we just move forward with business as usual. So 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.”
Took over the speaking role. He said:
“We are here to say enough. I’ve cleared my entire day… so I can stay on this floor and assist Senator Murphy.”
We are here to say enough. I’ve cleared my entire day… so I can stay on this floor and assist Senator Murphy.
Murphy and other democratic senators are pushing for what they refer to as “common sense safety measures.”
These measures include: preventing suspected terrorists from legally acquiring guns, closing legal loopholes for gun sales at gun shows and on the internet, and increasing the level and depth of background checks for those interested in buying firearms.