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Blumenthal: Amy Coney Barrett Could Vote Against Gun Violence Measures

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from legal experts on the final day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from legal experts on the final day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut spoke on the last day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Thursday.

Blumenthal is on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said Barrett’s record indicates she could vote against gun violence measures like background checks and safe storage laws.

Blumenthal cited several victims of gun violence in Connecticut.

“I’m particularly concerned because of Janet Rice, who is still grieving her son Shane Oliver. Natalie Barden, who is still mourning for her brother who was killed in Newtown. And the Songs, Kristin and Michael, who still have a hole in their heart for their son Ethan,” Blumenthal said.

Republican Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham scheduled a confirmation vote on Barrett for October 22 over objections from Blumenthal and other Democrats. Barrett is expected to be confirmed on a party line vote.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.