U..S. Democrats are filibustering Wednesday to demand the Senate address gun violence in the wake of the country’s deadliest shooting, NPR reported.
The filibuster began about noon Wednesday when Sen. Chris Murphy from Connecticut began speaking on the Senate floor, saying that he would not tolerate inaction any longer in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting Sunday, which left 49 people dead and 53 people wounded at the hands of a man legally armed with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle and a Glock 9 mm pistol. Democrats have signed up for speaking slots as late as 10:30 p.m., NPR reported.
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This is not the first time a Connecticut legislator has taken a stand in Congress after Sunday’s mass shooting. Connecticut Representative Jim Himes was one of a handful of Democratic representatives who walked out during a moment of silence in the House of Representatives Tuesday for the Orlando victims.
“If the House of Representatives had a solitary moral fiber, even a wisp of human empathy, we would spend moments not in silence, but screaming at painful volume the names of the 49 whose bodies were ripped apart in Orlando, and the previous victims and the ones before them,” Himes wrote in a opinion piece in the Denver Post.
Himes posted his support for the filibuster Thursday on Twitter.