C-SPAN Takes Center Stage During Epic Gun Violence Filibuster


Senator Chris Murphy brought added attention to the news network during the live stream of his filibuster on Wednesday.

C-SPAN saw an audience spike on Wednesday as a filibuster about gun violence approached its 13-hour mark. 

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut began speaking around 11 a.m. ET, and C-SPAN live-streamed his speech throughout the day.

Murphy started the filibuster as a way to force a vote on gun control legislation on the Senate floor, days after a mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub left 49 dead and several more injured. According to Senate rules, he could keep talking and maintain control of the Senate floor as long as he remained standing there. 

He also spoke about the Newtown shooting in his home state of Connecticut as a reason why lawmakers need to "come together" on the issue. Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Cory Booker of New Jersey, both of whom were also trending on Twitter throughout the day, stood by Murphy for most of the filibuster. Fellow Senators also followed along Wednesday using the hashtag #enough. 

As of Wednesday night, C-SPAN's audience surged as a result of the long filibuster, with #filibuster and #holdthefloor trending on Twitter as the conversation spread. Twitter even released a real-time map about how many users were tweeting about his filibuster across the country.