Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) launched a talking filibuster on the Senate floor — which was quickly joined by fellow Democrats — in an effort to pressure Republicans to accept legislation that would deny suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and require universal background checks.
The Senate is debating a spending bill that Democrats hope to offer gun amendments to, but Murphy said that the Senate should “not proceed with debate on amendments to this bill until we have figured out a way to come together on, at the very least, two simple ideas.”
“I’m going to remain on this floor until we get some signal, some sign that we can come together on these two measures, that we can get a path forward on addressing this epidemic in a meaningful, bipartisan way,” Murphy continued on the Senate floor on Wednesday, after he first started his filibuster at about 11:20 a.m.

I haven’t seen any polling on this yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the idea of keeping people on the watch list from buying guns gets 80 percent support.

* Ed O’Keefe and Karoun Demirjian report that there seems to be some movement on the other side of the aisle as well:

Presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and some vulnerable GOP lawmakers signaled Wednesday that they are open to changing the nation’s gun laws, raising the possibility that the political tide might be shifting on an issue that has sharply divided Americans for years.
Mass shootings similar to the Orlando massacre that killed 49 people this week have quickly sparked a national outcry for congressional action in the past, usually followed by an intense pressure campaign by gun-rights supporters urging lawmakers to focus elsewhere.
But the debate launched this week could be different, thanks mostly to Trump.
The presidential candidate’s renewed focus on gun laws goes against GOP orthodoxy, which generally considers Second Amendment issues to be settled. And his attention to the issue comes in an election year when incumbent lawmakers may feel compelled to respond to Trump’s critique that nothing gets done in Washington.
On Wednesday, Trump said he would schedule a meeting soon with the National Rifle Association to discuss proposals to ban people on certain federal watch lists from buying firearms. Trump was renewing a position he first expressed last year after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. — but taking it to a new level by calling for a meeting with the NRA.

Color me skeptical. They’ll talk about this for a while, then decide that there’s really no way to do it without infringing on Americans’ god-given and limitless right to own weaponry, so we’ll just have to tolerate a mass shooting every couple of days, because, you know, freedom.

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“A ban on Muslims would not have stopped this attack. Neither would a wall,” Clinton said, referring to Trump’s plans to restrict Muslim immigration to the United States and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “I don’t know how one builds a wall to keep the Internet out.”
Clinton added, “Not one of Donald Trump’s reckless ideas would have saved a single life in Orlando. And it is just more evidence he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be commander in chief.”

You’re going to be hearing the word “temperament” from Clinton a lot in the coming days.

* Ovetta Wiggins reports that moderate Republican governor Larry Hogan of Maryland says that he won’t be voting for Trump. Didn’t Trump say he was going to put Maryland (and California and New York and the entire Rust Belt) in play?

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That seems like a significant development, and probably a response to the discussion we’ve been having about all the free airtime the cable networks have given Trump.

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