Senator Cory Booker was one of the many Democrats that assisted in a Senate floor filibuster. In a bid to force a vote on legislation preventing suspected terrorists on the FBI terror watch list from legally buying guns, Senate Democrats led a talking filibuster.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 16, 2016
Led by Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, dozens of fellow Democrats, Murphy wouldn’t yield the floor until his Republican colleagues agreed to take up gun control legislation in the wake of the nation’s deadliest mass shooting. In the video above, Senator Cory Booker was one of many who made a very emotional appeal. Cory Booker, the former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, knows all too well how guns have, and continue to ravage, the urban landscape largely inhabited by people of color.
Murphy, who began speaking at 11:21 a.m., was joined in his effort by Democratic colleagues including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sen. Ben Nelsonof Florida, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York and Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. As the day wore on, a steady stream of Democrats came to the floor to speak, relieving Murphy for brief stretches as the filibuster stretched into the evening hours.
The latest mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, being the worst in U.S. history has sparked yet another gun control debate. As has happened in the past, Congress has failed to act when it comes to passing legislation meant to expand current gun laws to include an expansion of background checks and the closing of the gun show loophole. POLITICO reports that there are dim hopes that today’s filibuster would motivate Senate Republicans to act in yet another election year. Which, as disappointing as it may sound, the Senate’s failure to act should serve as motivation for voters willing to sit out the general election because their favorite candidate isn’t the Democratic presidential nominee. One good thing is that a few Republicans actually assisted with today’s filibuster.
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