Blumenthal: Gun Control is Just Like the Civil Rights Movement

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Democrats held a rally on Capitol Hill yesterday to help the push for passage of ever more gun control laws. One of the speakers, Connecticut Senator ‘Da Nang’ Dick Blumenthal, likened the effort — seeking to impinge on Americans’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, an enumerated civil right — to the civil rights movement of the 1960’s.

Because that’s what democracy looks like. Or something.

Chris Murphy and I are both from Connecticut. … And we are haunted every day by what we saw at Sandy Hook, as are so many of you who have seen it first hand. And I want to say thank you to the loved ones, to the families, to the survivors who are here today. We’re gonna be hearing from you. You are carrying photographs.

Newtown Action Alliance is here represented by Po Murray. Many other groups from Connecticut and elsewhere. I want to say thank you for building this movement. It is just like that civil rights movement. It is being led by people all over the country who have the courage to say enough is enough. Enough is enough. Enough is enough.

You know, we are preaching to the choir. But just like the preacher who was asked, “Why are you preaching to the choir?” he said, “I want to hear them sing!” So we are hearing you sing. This is what democracy looks like to Mitch McConnell.

You know, he prides himself on saying he’s the grim reaper. Do your job! Do your job!

And we are gonna pass HR 8. It may not be tomorrow. But with your help, we’re gonna do it. That assault weapons ban, there was a hearing this morning. We’re gonna pass an assault weapon ban! Those weapons of war…belong on the battlefield! Not in our classrooms or on our streets! …

This sunlight out here…is the best disinfectant. We need to show that corruption for what it is. Money going to your elected representatives from the gun lobby to vote their way. We are ending that corruption! We are going to pass measures that the American people want because this is what democracy looks like. Thank you for being here and we are going to do our job.

– Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal at a gun control rally on Capitol Hill yesterday thousands of new and used guns at great prices

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