Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy (a Democrat) took the lead filibustering for gun legislation yesterday, and went for nearly 15 hours — fifteen before yielding the floor with the promise of a Senate vote. From Politico:
Murphy formally yielded at 2:11 a.m. Thursday after delivering an emotional tribute to two Sandy Hook victims – 6-year-old Dylan Hockley and a teacher’s aide, Anne Marie Murphy, who was fatally shot while trying to shield Hockley from bullets.
Jaysus. Sandy Hook (the Newtown shooting) is still pretty raw here. Murphy took office shortly after that massacre, and every subsequent shooting remind us of those children, those teachers, dead at the hand of a mentally ill young man with a semiautomatic rifle.
Will this move the Senate out of their complacency to vote to — at the very least — banning people on the terrorist watch list from buying guns (no fly, no buy)? and expand background checks to include gun shows and internet sales? Watching the proceedings last night (I lasted until just after midnight, when I fell asleep with an ear bud stuck in my ear), I felt a brief moment of hope that maybe, just maybe, we can work toward some kind of solution. I mean, Jesus H. Can’t we do that? At minimum?
We are old. We are tired. It is difficult to gain our fealty, much less our enthusiasm, but last night was inspiring to the extreme, and the next time I see Sen. Murphy and his colleague. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (it’s a small state and the chances are good), I am going to give them a big ol’ hug. I’ve never met Sen. Cory Booker, but if that should occur, he gets a hug, too.