Hoosier Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly took to the Senate floor last night around 9:15 p.m. to join Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy's 14-hour and 50-minute long filibuster to seek action on requiring universal background checks and denying suspected terrorists the right to purchase firearms.
Donnelly highlighted bipartisanship and the universal nature of gun victims, saying, "No state is immune, including my home state of Indiana."
Near the end of his speech, Donnelly addressed Murphy, asking, "Don't we owe it to the victims of Orlando, the victims from your home state in Newtown, the victims in Charleston, and the victims in all of our states, to have a vote on these proposals, which are bipartisan in every single way?"
Yesterday, Indy Star columnist Matthew Tully called Donnelly's position on guns "intolerable," writing:
"Donnelly has been an effective senator in many ways. He’s been, as I wrote a while back, 'the man in the middle.' But his career record on guns has been closer to NRA proxy than middle American. Sadly, his positions have helped the NRA block reasonable steps on gun policy."
Slate has a comprehensive live blog of yesterday's filibuster accessible here.
The filibuster ended at 2:11 a.m. By the end of the filibuster, Senate Republicans had agreed to hold votes on both terror watchlist and background check legislation.