New Jersey Democratic activist Lisa McCormick, a fierce proponent of common sense measures to stop gun violence, applauded U.S. Senator Chris Murphy for his bold decision to stage a filibuster to force Republicans in Congress to take action instead of making excuses.
 
 
 
 
The Connecticut legislator interrupted debate on a Commerce, Justice, and Science bill to stage a discussion about gun control loopholes with colleagues in the wake of the June 12 mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub.

Murphy said he will continue to hold the floor of the U.S. Senate until Republicans are willing to work with Democrats to take meaningful action to pass commonsense gun reform laws that will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and make our communities safer. Murphy, who speaks regularly on gun violence prevention, has delivered 45 Voices of Victims speeches since joining the Senate in January 2013.

Murphy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal worked a “back and forth” style to continue holding the senate floor. Other Democratic lawmakers took part as well to hold the floor of the U.S. Senate in the first progressive filibuster since Senator Bernie Sanders' 10 hour speech.

New Jersey’s Sen. Cory Booker and Minnesota’s Sen. Al Franken were among others who joined in the discussion, holding the floor and extending conversation on the issue, which Murphy said he continue until Republicans are willing to work with Democrats to take meaningful action to pass commonsense gun reform laws that will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and make our communities safer.

Murphy, who speaks regularly on gun violence prevention, has delivered 45 Voices of Victims speeches since joining the Senate in January 2013. 

Murphy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal worked a “back and forth” style to continue holding the senate floor. Other Democratic lawmakers took part as well. New Jersey’s Sen. Cory Booker and Minnesota’s Sen. Al Franken were among others who joined in the discussion, holding the floor and extending conversation on the issue, which may continue as long as they keep talking unless 60 other senators vote to shut down the action.

"Finally, there is a voice for those cannot speak after dying at Newtown, Oregon, Aurora, San Bernardino, and Orlando," said Lisa McCormick. "America has been waiting for U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, because in this nation's darkest times, our brightest leaders have emerged to bring us to our shining moments."
 
 
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