Led by the senators who represent Newtown, Connecticut — where a gunman fatally shot 26 people, including 20 children, in 2012 — Democrats took control of the Senate floor Wednesday and vowed to keep talking until lawmakers start doing something about gun violence.
“Newtown is still putting itself back together, probably will be for a long time,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who launched the filibuster-style takeover, declaring it was time for the Senate to do something about gun violence beyond the usual ineffective debates.
He said lawmakers could not go about business as usual after a mass killing at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday claimed 49 victims.
“This is a different moment today than it was at the end of last week,” Murphy said. “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.”
I have spent much of my morning watching this filibuster and it actually great.
I saw Chris Murphy, Elizabeth Warren, Bob Menendez, Jeanne Shaheen and many others talking with real passion about the desperate need for stronger gun laws and it was inspiring.
I made the comment this morning that America is near the breaking point over gun violence, and I would suggest that the breaking point is what we are now witnessing.
And one way to recognize that is to check Donald Trump's Twitter feed:
I doubt the conversation will make much of an impact, but at least the conversation is happening.I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2016
And there is someone who seems quite please to see that it is.
Courtesy of HuffPo:
In a Wednesday interview with The Huffington Post, Clinton argued that she and others had essentially forced Donald Trump to consider legislation that would prevent those on the terrorist watch list from being able to buy firearms. Trump said earlier in the day that he planned to meet with the National Rifle Association to discuss its opposition to the proposal.
“Welcome to the cause,” said Clinton. “This is something I’ve been talking about for a long time. Look, the NRA and the other gun lobby members should be moving rapidly to work with Congress on this legislation. I know members of Congress, hopefully on both sides of the aisle, are beginning to look to see if they can pass this. And I fully support it.”
I imagine right now Trump is torn between being seen jumping through Hillary's hoop, or going back on the claim he made in that tweet.
Gee, what a conundrum.