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Orlando shootings: Democrats in 14-hour gun control filibuster

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Orlando shootings: Democrats in 14-hour gun control filibuster


Sen Chris Murphy on the floor of the Senate in Washington, Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A US Democratic senator has led a 14-hour filibuster to demand a vote on gun control legislation following the massacre at a gay club in Florida.

Chris Murphy spoke from Wednesday morning into Thursday. The tactic enables senators to block proceedings.

He said he had secured commitments from Republicans to hold a vote but his recommendations are likely to pass.

Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando was the worst in recent US history, with 49 people dead.

Dozens of people remain in hospital, some in a critical condition.

President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden are due to visit Orlando later on Thursday.

In another development, it emerged that the gunman, Omar Mateen, made a series of Facebook posts before and during his attack in which he raged against the “filthy ways of the West”.

Mateen also said on Facebook: “America and Russia stop bombing the Islamic state.”

The Senate Homeland Security Committee has asked Facebook to provide information on Mateen’s online activity.

Mourners attended the wake for one gun attack victim, Javier Jorge Reyes, in OrlandoMourners attend the wake for Javier Jorge Reyes in Orlando. 15 June 2016

Senator Murphy began the filibuster at 11:21 on Wednesday, vowing to stay on the Senate floor “until we get some signal… that we can come together”.

Much of his speech focused on the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in his home state of Connecticut in 2012, where 26 people died.

Senator Murphy said he wanted to force Republicans and Democrats to agree on legislation to deny suspected terrorists the right to buy guns and require universal background checks.

“For those of us that represent Connecticut, the failure of this body to do anything, anything at all in the face of that continued slaughter isn’t just painful to us, it’s unconscionable,” he said.

He later tweeted: “I am proud to announce that after 14+ hours on the floor, we will have a vote on closing the terror gap & universal background checks.”

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Crazy people, that’s their call…

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Quite a sacrifice just to support a bill.

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