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Murphy waged a nearly 15-hour filibuster into the early-morning hours
He wants a vote on gun control legislation after the Orlando killings
Murphy said Republicans told him they would hold votes on amendments
Amendments would expand background checks and ban gun sales to suspected terrorists
However, it is unlikely those amendments will pass when voting is held
Efforts to enact new gun restrictions failed after the Sandy Hook shootings
A Democratic senator waged a nearly 15-hour filibuster into the early hours of Thursday morning to force a vote on gun control legislation three days after 49 people were killed at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy said he would remain on the Senate floor ‘until we get some signal, some sign that we can come together,’ as he also evoked the Sandy Hook school shooting, which left 20 children and six adult staff members dead, in his state in 2012.
He ended the marathon filibuster at 2:11am, saying he had won commitments from Republican leaders that they would hold votes on amendments to expand background checks and ban gun sales to suspected terrorists.
However, it is unlikely that those amendments will pass.
His plea came as presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would meet with the National Rifle Association to discuss how authorities could block gun purchases by people on terrorism watch lists or no-fly lists.
At a rally in Georgia, Trump told his supporters: ‘I’m going to save your Second Amendment.’
Murphy spent most of the 15 hours speaking about the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which shocked the nation and renewed the gun control debate.
‘For those of us that represent Connecticut, the failure of this body to do anything, anything at all in the face of that continued slaughter isn’t just painful to us, it’s unconscionable,’ Murphy said.
He finished his filibuster by talking at length about one of the young boys who died in Newtown.
As Murphy had been standing on the floor for more than nine hours, his own young sons, ages four and seven, briefly appeared in the Senate gallery.
‘I hope you’ll understand some day why we’re doing this,’ Murphy said, addressing his oldest son from the floor. ‘Trying and trying and trying to do the right thing is ultimately just as important as getting the outcome in the end.’
Democrats have revived the gun debate after the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday, the worst such incident in modern history.
The fight pits strong proponents of the Second Amendment right to bear arms against those arguing for greater restrictions on the ability to obtain weapons.
Twenty children and six educators died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. Murphy said he cannot look into the eyes of those children’s relatives and tell them that Congress has done nothing since.
He was joined by more than 30 Democratic colleagues on the floor, many of whom angrily told stories of mass shootings in their own states and called for action.
‘The next time someone uses a gun to kill one of us, a gun that we could have kept out of the hands of a terrorist, then members of this Congress will have blood on our hands,’ said Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., asked: ‘Where is our spine?’
Attempts at compromise appeared to collapse within hours of surfacing in the Senate Wednesday, underscoring the extreme difficulty of resolving the divisive issue five months from November’s election.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who had been involved in talks with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said there was no resolution.
Murphy, 42, began speaking at 11:21am, and was showing few signs of fatigue when the filibuster ended.
By Senate rules, he had to stand at his desk the entire time to maintain control of the floor.
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