Update: The Democratic Filibuster on Guns Ends as the 14th Longest Since 1990
Update: The filibuster came to an end at 2 a.m. this morning, when Republican leaders consented to allow a vote on two gun-control measures. Votes would be held on whether to ban people on the government’s terrorist watch list from obtaining gun licenses and whether to expand background checks to gun shows and internet sales.
I am proud to announce that after 14+ hours on the floor, we will have a vote on closing the terror gap & universal background checks— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 16, 2016
The filibuster lasted 14 hours and 50 minutes, the eighth longest since 1990. Forty Senators joined Chris Murphy over the course of the day. Murphy ended the filibuster with a Sandy Hook victim’s story, which you can watch here.
It’s a minor victory that I hate to spoil by mentioning that these votes are unlikely to lead to actual legislation because the Republicans still control Congress and the NRA still controls the Republicans. Nevertheless, it was one of the few times in recent memory when it felt like politicians actually gave a damn.
When the vote does come up, do remember to call your Congressman, especially if your Congressman is one of these people.
For phonophobes like myself, it’s much easier to call your Senator than you might think:
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) took to the Senate Floor this morning at 11:20 a.m. to mount a filibuster until such time as the Senate can come to a bipartisan agreement on something, anything to curb gun violence.
“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.”
Since that time, many more Senate Democrats have joined the filibuster effort, including Cory Booker, Diane Feinstein, and Al Franken, among others.
We’re going to leave this post at the top of the page and remove the ads between here and the comments section until the filibuster ends. You’re welcome to use the comments to express your support. It might be wise to also express support on social media in an effort to prolong the filibuster.
It might be an historic day. It might end up nothing.