A Democratic senator led a 14-hour Senate filibuster for tighter gun laws Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. The senator, who was frustrated with congressional inaction, yielded the floor with a pledge that Democrats would make an aggressive push for stricter gun laws after the tragedy in Orlando, Florida.
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy led the filibuster, which ended around 2 a.m. ET, with a series of nonstop speeches. Murphy vowed to stay on the Senate floor until he saw “some sign that we can come together.”
Shortly after yielding the floor, Murphy took to Twitter to share the news, tweeting “we will have a vote on closing the terror gap & universal background checks.”
Murphy referred to the Newton school shooting during the filibuster, a mass shooting tragedy that occurred in his own state. The senator criticized Connecticut representatives for failing to do anything, calling their inaction “unconscionable.”
“There hasn’t been a debate scheduled in the committees. There are 30,000 people dying daily in the country,” Murphy argued.
Murphy called the Orlando shooting “devastating,” and said the people are frustrated at the Senate for doing “absolutely nothing” to respond to mass shootings.
It has been over a decade since Congress made any major changes to gun laws. The last major amendment to gun laws was in 2007 when Congress passed a law that strengthened instant background checks after a gunman at Virginia Tech killed 32 people.