Dem. Senator frustrated by inaction on guns begins filibuster

The Capitol Dome is illuminated amid scaffolding for repairs in Washington, Friday morning, Dec. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator from Connecticut is launching a filibuster and demanding a vote on gun control measures. The move comes three days after 49 people were killed in a mass shooting in Orlando.

Sen. Chris Murphy is holding up action in the Senate floor, demanding that Republicans allow votes on those measures. He also referred to the 2012 shooting in his home state, when 20 children and six adults were shot at an elementary school in Newtown. He says he can’t look into the eyes of the children’s families and tell them that Congress has done nothing since.

Last December, Senate Republicans joined the National Rifle Association in opposing legislation that would have let the government bar sales of guns and explosives to people it suspects of being terrorists.

Despite the recent shootings, the prospects for legislation seem unlikely. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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