Courtney Thanks Senator Murphy And Demands House Action On Common Sense Gun Violence Prevention Measures
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) made the following speech on the House floor following the conclusion of a fourteen-hour filibuster in the United States Senate by Chris Murphy:
“President Calvin Coolidge once said ‘nothing in the world can take the place of persistence – talent will not, genius will not, education will not – persistence and determination alone are omnipotent,’ said Courtney. “Yesterday, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy from the state of Connecticut reminded us of the truth in that statement when for 15 hours he stood on the floor of the United States Senate and refused to yield until he got a commitment from the Republican Leadership of the Senate to hold a vote on a no-fly, no-buy piece of legislation to restrict people on the terror watch list from buying firearms, and also for a common sense background check reform which allow internet sales and gun shows sales to be included in the background check system which is supported by 53% of NRA households.
“Mr. Speaker, finally at 2:11 am he got a commitment for those votes and I congratulate him, and I am proud of him as a fellow Connecticut citizen for the persistence and the courage he demonstrated to the world yesterday from the floor of the United States Senate, but it is time for us now in the House to do the same. We have tried 12 times in the House to force a vote on these measures which the public is craving by huge majorities, and after the event of this last weekend it is time – for us to listen to Chris Murphy, to follow his example, to thank him for his leadership, and persistence, and courage, and let’s do what the American People are looking for which is ways to protect us from these mass shootings which are far too many, and far too damaging to the people of this country.”