Boston Globe: Markey calls for Senate ‘showdown’ on gun control
US Senator Edward Markey delivered a blistering call Friday for lawmakers to pass stricter gun control measures, saying the worst mass shooting in modern US history should compel them to act boldly.
On the heels of his participation in Senate Democrats’ 15-hour filibuster that ended early Thursday, Markey said at a news conference attended by gun control activists that the impending votes on gun control measures will hold other senators accountable.
On Monday, just over a week after the Orlando massacre, the US Senate is expected to vote on a bill to prohibit people who are on a federal “no-fly” list from buying guns, and on an amendment to require broader use of background checks in gun sales.
“It’s time for us to have a showdown on the floor of the United States Senate,” Markey said at the news conference, at Fenway Health.
However, he also said he has yet to see signs of compromise from the Republicans. Later, Markey said that whether or not these amendments pass, they will serve as a litmus test for voters come election season.
With congressional leaders once again at a stalemate over how to respond to a mass shooting, the Senate’s most moderate Republican is developing a compromise measure.
John Rosenthal, head of the Newton-Based group Handgun Violence, joined Markey. He pulled no punches.
“The gun industry is getting away with murder because Congress allows it,” Rosenthal said. “Congress has blood on their hands.”