The U.S. Senate has successfully avoided a filibuster of new gun control measures introduced today, in a rare show of bipartisanship for the often-deadlocked body.
"By a 68-31 margin, senators moved to open formal consideration of a package of reforms to expand background checks, improve school safety and combat gun trafficking," the Los Angeles Times writes.
With the U.S. Capitol in the background, crosses symbolizing grave markers are placed upon the National Mall in Washington April 11, 2013. The PICO National Network's Lifelines to Healing and Sojourners are holding a 24-hour vigil featuring a gathering of Newtown clergy and 3,300. grave markers to "remind Congress action is needed on gun violence prevention". The number 3,300 represents the supposed number of people who have died as a result of gun violence since the tragedy in Newtown.
As the sun rose over Washington, D.C., Thursday morning, volunteers and clergy members from Connecticut to California placed more than 3,300 grave markers on the National Mall to create a makeshift cemetery in honor of every person killed as a result of gun violence since the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
“It’s past time for our political leaders to find the moral courage to act,” said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners. “The majority of our country supports change, and 92% of Americans support universal background checks, but unfortunately powerful lobbyists for gun manufacturers have some politicians scared to do what they know is right.”
Rev. Michael McBride of PICO National Network talks with Rachel Maddow from the site of a vigil at the National Mall in honor of gun violence victims, to discuss the importance of activism to make legislators aware that gun safety is an important human issue.
In front of 3,300 mock grave markers representing Americans who have died from gun violence since the Newtown tragedy, the Rev. Matt Crebbin will stand on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Thursday to pray for expanded federal gun control legislation.