Dems take over floor to protest Senate inaction on gun control
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and other Democrats have taken over the Senate floor to call for tougher gun control laws and specifically action on keeping people on terrorist watchlists from buying firearms.
“I’m prepared to stand on this floor and talk about the need for this body to come together on keeping terrorists away from getting guns … for, frankly, as long as I can, because I know that we can come together on this issue,” Murphy said in beginning the filibuster on Wednesday.
Murphy began speaking at about 11:20 a.m., and the filibuster was still going at 2 p.m.
Other Democrats who joined him included Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Joe Manchin(W.Va.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Al Franken(Minn.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Ben Cardin (Md.) and Ed Markey (Mass.).
The Senate is currently considering an appropriations bill for the Commerce and Justice departments and science programs. Though no votes are currently scheduled, the senators are blocking any amendments to the bill.
“I don’t think we should proceed with debate on amendments to this bill until we have figured out a way to come together,” Murphy said, referring to the spending bill.
The Democrats are also technically blocking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) from ending debate on the legislation, though a spokesman shot down any speculation that the Republican leader would have tried to wrap up work on the spending bill Wednesday.
Democrats have given no indication how long they plan to hold the Senate floor. Chris Harris, a spokesman for Murphy, said Democrats launched the talkathon because the senator will no longer accept “inaction or half measures in the face of continued slaughter.”
Murphy is well-known for his support for tougher gun control laws. One of America’s most shocking gun crimes occurred in his home state in Newtown, where 20 children and six adults were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“I can’t tell you how hard it is to look into the eyes of the families of those little boys and girls who were killed in Sandy Hook and tell them that almost four years later we’ve done nothing, nothing at all,” Murphy said.
June 12, 2016
June 15, 2016
- 5:04 PM EDT
Senators Speak After Briefing on Mass Shooting Investigation
- 5:15 PM EDT
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) Speaks to Reporters About Gun Control Debate
- 5:24 PM EDT
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) Speaks to Reporters About Gun Control Debate
- 5:40 PM EDT
Senator Tom Carper (D) Briefs Reporters on Orlando Mass Shooting Investigation
June 16, 2016
- 11:06 AM EDT
Gun Violence Victims’ Relatives Join Senate Democrats to Push for Reforms
A group of Senate Democrats held a news conference to talk about their legislation to expand gun controls.
June 20, 2016
- 3:00 PM EDT
U.S. Senate Takes Up Gun Control Legislation
In the wake of June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, the Senate takes up several gun control amendments, including proposed changes to the terrorist watchlist, universal background checks, and adding mental health considerations for gun purchases. http://www.c-span.org/video/?411372-1/us-senate-takes-gun-control-legislation
June 21, 2016
- 1:50 PM EDT
Senate Bipartisan Gun Control Proposal Maine Sen. Susan Collins says she hopes the House will give her bipartisan proposal to prevent individuals on the no fly list from buying a gun a vote. She reminded her House colleagues that a majority of Americans support such legislation. The Senator was joined by seven other Senators from both parties for this proposal unveiling. A vote on the Senate floor has yet to be determined. http://www.c-span.org/video/?411567-1/bipartisan-group-senators-unveils-gun-control-proposal
June 22, 2016
- Democrats drown out Paul Ryan with chants of “shame, shame” on House floor
- U.S. House Democrats Engage in Sit-In Over Gun Violence
June 23, 2016
- Democrat Sit-In Continues Despite House Early Adjournment For Recess Until July 5
- House Democrats Hold Rally at U.S. Capitol
June 29, 2016
- Democratic Law Makers ‘Day of Action to Keep Spotlight on Gun Violence’ by any means whether it be a press conference, roundtable, or telephone town hall in 30 cities across America
- 9 a.m. MT – Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego holds a press call with gun violence prevention advocates.
- 10 a.m. – Maryland Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes hold an event with gun violence survivors and local faith and community leaders in Baltimore.
- 10 a.m. – Connecticut Reps. Elizabeth Esty and Rosa DeLauro and Governor Dannel Malloy hold a press conference with gun control advocates at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.
- 10:30 a.m. – Pennsylvania Reps. Brendan Boyle and Robert Brady will hold an event at city hall in Philadelphia with Mayor James Kenney and local gun violence survivors. Boyle plans to stream the event live from his Facebook page. 10:30 a.m. – New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. holds a news conference in Saddle Brook with local public safety officials and representatives from gun violence prevention groups.
- 11 a.m. – New York Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney hosts a sit-in at a park in the upper east side of Manhattan with gun violence survivors and prevention advocates.
- 11 a.m. – New York Rep. Steve Israel holds a round-table discussion with local elected officials and gun violence prevention and LGBT advocates.
- 11:30 a.m. – Georgia Rep. John Lewis holds a town hall in Atlanta.
- 11:30 a.m. – Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson will hold a meeting at his office in Lithonia with the local chapter of Moms Demand Action. On Thursday, Johnson will meet with local mothers who lost their children to gun violence.
- 12 p.m. – New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr will hold a symbolic sit-in with constituents in his district office in New Brunswick to continue the conversation about what can be done to prevent mass shootings.
- 12:15 p.m. PT – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra and fellow California Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Judy Chu, Karen Bass and Alan Lowenthal will host a round-table at city hall in Los Angeles with local leaders and gun violence victims to discuss ways to secure a vote in Congress to prevent gun violence, followed by a news conference at 12:45 p.m.
- 1 p.m. PT – Pelosi and fellow California Reps. Mike Thompson, Barbara Lee, Mike Honda and Eric Swalwell, local law enforcement officials, community leaders and survivors of gun violence will hold a “family sit-in to disarm hate” at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.
- 1 p.m. – Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle holds an event in Pittsburgh with local elected officials, community leaders and advocates.
- 1:30 p.m. – New York Rep. Joe Crowley will hold a round-table at his office in Jackson Heights with gun violence survivors, prevention advocates and community and faith leaders.
- 1:30 p.m. – Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen will hold a meeting in Memphis with local groups concerned about gun violence and local government officials.
- 2 p.m. – Michigan Reps. John Conyers, Debbie Dingell, Dan Kildee, Brenda Lawrence, and Sander Levin will hold a panel discussion with community leaders in Berkley.
- 2 p.m. – New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman will host a round-table with community leaders in Trenton. She plans to stream a live feed of the event from her Facebook page .
- 2 p.m. PT – California Rep. Doris Matsui hosting a virtual roundtable tomorrow with public health experts from Sacramento, CA as part of a National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence. The roundtable will be live streamed to the public via a Google Hangout On Air here .
- 2 p.m. PT – Washington Reps. Jim McDermott and Adam Smith will join members of the Washington chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the Everytown Survivor Network for a “National Day of Action” community meeting in Seattle, calling for action to prevent gun violence.
- 3 p.m. – Rhode Island Reps. David N. Cicilline and Jim Langevin will hold a public sit-in at the Providence Public Safety Complex. 4 p.m. – Connecticut Rep. John Larson holds a call to action with local elected officials and leaders in Hartford. The event will be live streamed via Periscope .
- 4 p.m. – New York Rep. Gregory W. Meeks will join Life Camp, a victim’s family, community leaders, civic organizations and members of the clergy to discuss a recent shooting and how to prevent gun violence in New York City.
- Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) will lead a series of events in San Diego as part of the national day of action against gun violence. Democratic members of Congress are holding dozens of events across the country to continue calling for votes on bipartisan measures to curb gun violence. Congressman Peters was the first member to live-stream the House sit-in protest last week, and has long been a vocal advocate for commonsense gun safety proposals to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers, and suspected terrorists.
- 4:30 PT: Rep. Scott Peters will tour the University of California San Diego Medical Center’s trauma and lead a round table with medical, domestic violence and mental health professionals. At 7:30 PT, he will deliver remarks during the annual Pride Lighting Ceremony at the UC San Diego Medical Center.
- 5 p.m. – District of Columbia Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and California Rep. John Garamendi will host a roundtable at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in northwest D.C. with Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier and five District of Columbia residents who have been affected by gun violence.
- 5 p.m. CT – Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan holds a rally in Madison with local politicians and community leaders.
- 5 p.m. – Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth holds a press conference and rally in Louisville with local politicians and community leaders.
- 6 p.m. PT – California Rep. Judy Chu will host an event in Pasadena called “SPEAK OUT: Enough is Enough” in which public officials, families and victims of gun violence and faith and community leaders will share their personal stories about how they were affected by gun violence.
- 6 p.m. PT – California Rep. Alan Lowenthal hosts community forum in Long Beach with Mayor Robert Garcia and representatives from the Brady Campaign and Moms Demand Action. 6:30 p.m. PT – California Rep. Tony Cárdenas holds a forum with community advocates in Sylmar.
- 6:30 p.m. MT – New Mexico Rep. Lujan Grisham holds a rally in Albuquerque.
- 7 p.m. – Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern will hold a community rally in Worcester to discuss current efforts at the local, state, and national levels to address gun violence and how members of the community can do their part.
- 7 p.m. – New Jersey Rep. Donald Norcross participates in the March for Love, a walk in Pennsauken to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting and spread the message of love and equality hosted by the Camden County Board of Freeholders.
- THURSDAY 12 p.m. – Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, state, and local leaders and representatives gun safety organizations will hold a rally on the steps of the state house in Boston.
July 5, 2016
- Congressional Black Caucus members plan disruptions during ‘Day of Action on Guns
- CBC Members will give speeches pushing for more restrictions on the possession and use of guns
- CBC Members will attend a House Rules Committee hearing where legislation on terrorism and gun control will be addressed and will hold up a image of a constituent killed by a firearm
July 6, 2016
- 10:00 AM EDT
House Democrats Call for Gun Control Legislation
July 7, 2016
July 14, 2016
>>>WH WeThePeople Petition: Ban the AR-15 from Civilian Ownership<<<
Family of AR-15 inventor: The weapon wasn’t meant for civilians
June 16, 2016, 08:53 am By Rebecca Savransky – TheHill
The family of the man who invented the AR-15 rifle says the weapon was never meant to be used by civilians.
“He died long before any mass shootings occurred. But we do think he would have been horrified and sickened as anyone, if not more by these events.”
The family said Stoner would have agreed the weapon is a tool of war. Stoner was an “avid sportsman, hunter and skeet shooter” but never used the AR-15 for sport, nor did he keep it for personal defense.
“After many conversations with him, we feel his intent was that he designed it as a military rifle,” his family said.
After Stoner died, the semi-automatic version of the AR-15 began gaining popularity with civilians, NBC reported.