Senate Dems Launch Talking Filibuster Over Gun Control

Jim Burroway

June 15th, 2016

Senate Democrats are finally showing some backbone.

The Senate is debating a Commerce, Justice and Science spending bill, and Democrats are pushing to add a gun control amendment. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) is leading the filibuster, with Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) participating by asking Murphy questions. Other Democratic Senators are reportedly signing up for speaking slots. According to Politico:

“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,” Murphy continued on the Senate floor on Wednesday, after he first started his filibuster at about 11:20 a.m.

Most of the Democratic caucus was unaware of Murphy’s plans until he took the floor, two senior aides said, though there had been some talk Tuesday about lining up speeches throughout the night Wednesday.

While that filibuster is taking place, Senate Democrats and Republicans are negotiating over two very different proposals to close the No Fly List loophole, which Republicans in both houses voted down last December. Democrats are also insisting that the gun show and internet sales loopholes also be closed.

“Senator Murphy and Senate Democrats are holding the floor because they will not accept inaction or half measures in the face of continued slaughter. Congress cannot sit on the sidelines while killers freely buy weapons to brutally murder the people Congress is supposed to be protecting,” Murphy spokesman Chris Harris said in a statement.

“Until private sales at gun shows and over the internet also require stringent background checks and unless suspected terrorists on the no fly list are prohibited from legally purchasing guns, our lax gun laws will continue to allow terrorists and criminals to amass a weapons stockpile,” Harris continued. “Senator Murphy will remain on the floor demanding the Senate adopt these measures.”

Update: Other senators taking turns in the filibuster so far include Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Charles Schemer (D-NY), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), and Republican Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE).


June 16th, 2016

I seem to be thinking in tangents this morning: I’m wondering where anyone got the idea that rights have no limits, which seems to be the stance of the ammosexual contingent on “2nd Amendment rights” and of the god-botherers on “religious freedom”. Any workable society depends on limits on freedom.

As for this, it’s way overdue. Nice to see the Democrats finally getting off their duffs and doing something.

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