How To Watch Sen. Chris Murphy's Filibuster As Democrats Stand Up & Say "Enough Gun Violence"
On Wednesday, amid yet another grisly, high-profile mass shooting gripping the national consciousness, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy launched a filibuster on gun control, and if you've got the time and you want to watch it, you can find it here. Murphy, a first-term senator from Connecticut, is no stranger to the politics of gun control, having ascended to office less than a month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012.
Murphy announced the filibuster Wednesday morning, and it's focused on one specific proposal: preventing people on terrorist watch lists from being able to purchase firearms. An amendment along those lines was thwarted by Senate Republicans back in December, after Democrats raised it in the aftermath of the San Bernardino shooting.
Murphy has been joined by some other Senate Democrats. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren weighed in, for example, calling for a ban on "Rambo-style" firearms. If you're looking for an undiluted stream of the filibuster as it happens, you can't do much better than C-SPAN's live feed. You can watch it here for however long it goes on.
The Democratic Party has been placing a major emphasis on gun control and related issues this week in the aftermath of Sunday's mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Reportedly the deadliest mass shooting in American history, the incident has been broadly viewed as both a terrorist action (the shooter reportedly pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIS during the attack) and an anti-LGBT hate crime (Pulse was a popular gay club).
As such, it's no surprise that you'd see an intersection of these issues ― gun control and terrorism ― arise in the halls of Congress. The Pulse shooter, identified by authorities as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, was reportedly on an FBI watch list about three years ago, but was ultimately removed from it.
But even if he had still been on the list, he wouldn't have been barred from purchasing a gun, which is what's currently driving this filibuster effort. Republicans have largely opposed this proposal over concerns about wrongly suspected people having their Second Amendment rights infringed ― and, unavoidably, their decades-running partnership with the National Rifle Association.
Make sure you give the ongoing debate a listen if you've got the time to spare. There's no telling right now just how long the filibuster will last, but suffice to say it could be a while.