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To Many Liberals, This Gun Vote Isn't Worth a Sit-In
Even those who favor gun control think it's a bad hill to die on

Connecticut Rep. Elizabeth Esty addresses protesters early Thursday morning on the East Front of the Capitol who gathered to show solidarity with the House Democrats' sit-in. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats rallied attention to efforts to pass gun control legislation after the Orlando shooting by plopping down on the floor of the House chamber Wednesday and staying put. Some remained at the "non-filibuster" all night and into Thursday morning , giving speeches on mass shootings and the need for a vote.  

The Democrats' "No Fly, No Buy" amendment would allow the federal government to block a gun sale if the buyer's name appears on a terrorist watch list.  

9 Years of Mass Shootings: How Did Congress Respond?
The last gun control measure enacted was in 2007

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer hugs Sharon Risher, whose mother and two cousins were killed in the 2015 Charleston, S.C., shooting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The last federal gun control measure was enacted in 2007 following the Virginia Tech massacre that spring.

CQ Roll Call combed its archives and chronicled Congress’ response to high-profile mass shootings in the nine years since. We also looked at the number of gun control or gun-focused bills and amendments considered — but rarely passed — by Washington lawmakers in response. 

What Did Murphy's Filibuster Accomplish?
Connecticut Democrat says GOP had no plans for debate until filibuster began

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy's nearly 15-hour filibuster left him optimistic that gun control legislation will get a vote by the end of this week or the first of next week.  

And the Connecticut Democrat said there was no way that would have happened with the filibuster.