Well-known writers, media personalities and relatives of gun violence victims posted passionate dispatches on both sides of the gun debate during Sen. Christopher S. Murphy’s filibuster Wednesday and early Thursday.
and I feel like, for the first time in days, I am breathing,” Jared Frieder, a Los Angeles-based comedy writer, posted at 2:06 p.m., three hours after Murphy took the floor.
Sandy Phillips, whose daughter was murdered in the 2012 Aurora Colorado mass shooting, chimed in with a note of support. “I am a Republican Texas gun owner,” she wrote. “We Need Change. Supporting Dems on gun reform all the way.”
— Jared Frieder (@jaredfrieder) June 15, 2016
— Sandy Phillips (@MamaRedfield) June 15, 2016
I’ve never been so grateful to a bunch of white men who wont shut up #filibuster
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) June 16, 2016
I dunno, I feel like this whole gun #filibuster is eating up precious time that our politicians could put toward thinking and praying.
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) June 16, 2016
— Jordan Horowitz (@jehorowitz) June 16, 2016
Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, also prompted numerous missives from the pro-gun side, many of whom added the #2A, a hashtag used by supporters of gun rights.
“Brave Democrats filibuster on the Senate floor as men with assault rifles protect them at the Capitol,” wrote Katie Pavlich, a writer and Fox News contributor.
Sam Janney, a conservative radio host who Tweets as @Politibunny, was one of dozens of posters to describe the filibuster as an attempt to take away a constitutional right.
“Republicans #filibuster to stop drones from killing innocents or to halt the overreach of govt.” She tweeted. “Democrats #filibuster to take our rights.”
A photo of an airplane flying into the World Trade Center on 9/11 accompanied many pro-gun tweets, to point out that guns were not used in that terrorist attack.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) June 15, 2016
— HersheSquirt© (@HersheSquirt) June 15, 2016
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) June 16, 2016
— Reaganette (@Ezinger44) June 16, 2016