FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — In the wake of a filibuster over gun control legislation, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called on Congress pass legislation to keep American safe from terror attacks and to keep guns out of the wrong hands.Blumenthal joined U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey at a press conference Friday along with survivors and family members of victims of gun violence.
“The most difficult question I am asked, having spent the better part of 25 years on this issue, is what has changed?” Blumenthal said. “And the answer is that Americans have changed, in their realization that gun violence can not only be prevented, but it must be prevented.”
Earlier this week, Blumenthal joined Murphy and Booker on the Senate Floor for nearly 15 hours to call for immediate Senate action on commonsense gun violence prevention measures, including effective background checks and legislation to keep guns out of the hands of known or suspected terrorists. Throughout the day, they were joined by at least 35 of their Senate colleagues.
“If you’ve got to spend 15 hours on the Floor with anyone, I want to do it with Cory Booker and with my great friend and colleague from Connecticut, my teammate on this issue, Chris Murphy,” Blumenthal said at press conference. “And if you have to spend 15 hours straight on the Floor of the Senate, there is no better cause to champion than stopping gun violence.”
In the closing moments of a nearly 15-hour filibuster – just after 2 a.m. – Murphy announced that Senate Democrats received a commitment from Republicans to schedule votes Monday evening to close the terror gap and expand background checks for firearm purchases.
The filibuster was prompted by the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando last weekend that left 49 people dead and over 50 injured.
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