Debate on the U.S. Senate gun control bill will only begin Thursday morning with more than 60 votes, required to break the filibuster threatened by 14 Senators, including majority leader Mitch McConnell.
In a final effort to ensure that gun proposals reach the Senate floor and get a vote, members of Newtown Action Alliance planned a filibuster of their own. Starting Wednesday at 1 p.m. and continuing until the vote Thursday, gun control advocates in Washington and Connecticut are reading the names of the more than 3000 Americans who have died as a result of gun violence since the morning of December 14.
David Freedman, a Newtown resident who was in the room when Gov. Malloy told Sandy Hook Elementary School parents their children had died in the massacre, is signed up for a shift later tonight, around midnight:
Here is Monte Frank, leader of Team 26, beginning the event in Connecticut by reading the names of people who died the first day. There were 47.
And Newtown Jennifer Killin addressed postcards to the 14 senators who have threatened to filibuster, demanding a vote:
Similar actions were occurring down in Washington, where Newtown victims’ family members have been lobbying legislators. Rep. Elizabeth Esty became the only member of the House to take part in a filibuster when she began that event by reading the names of the Sandy Hook Elementary school victims, all her constituents.