In wake of mass shootings, Dem senator wages filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator who mourned the loss of 20 children in his home state of Connecticut four years ago waged a nearly 15-hour filibuster into the early hours of Thursday, demanding votes on gun control measures just days after a mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.

As compromise on the gun issue remained improbable, Sen. Chris Murphy stood on the Senate floor vowing to remain there “until we get some signal, some sign that we can come together.” He yielded the floor at 2:11 a.m., EDT, saying he had won commitments from Republican leaders to hold votes on amendments to expand background checks and ban gun sales to suspected terrorists.

Democrats have revived the gun debate after 49 people died in the shooting in Orlando early Sunday.