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House Dems Hold Sit-In and Protest Over Gun Control

By Staff

 

house sit inDemocrats in the House of Representatives, including several members of the Congressional Black Caucus, staged a sit-in and protest over gun control legislation June 22, led by former civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).

“We have to occupy the floor of the House until there’s action,” Lewis stated.

The Democrats seized control of the House floor Wednesday, and demanded House Republicans vote on previously ignored gun legislation Democrats introduced, following recent mass shootings across the country, and most notably the recent killing of 49 people in Orlando, Florida June 12.

According to Reports, Democrats made their first demand after Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) attempted to ask Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) if action on gun-related measures was possible, which followed a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando shooting. Ryan reportedly gaveled Clyburn down.

Democrats then sat in the middle of the House floor chanting “No Bill, No Break, ” and singing “We Shall Overcome,” halting business as usual in the chamber, and forcing the session into recess at around 10 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Ryan briefly resumed order amidst the protest Thursday morning, at which time the House passed a $1.1 billion Zika funding proposal, before he quickly adjourned the session at 3:14 a.m.

The House held no votes on gun control Thursday.

“The Senate has already defeated the measure they’re calling for,” Ryan said in a statement, following the protest. “The House is focused on eliminating terrorists, not constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. No stunts on the floor will change that.”

The House is scheduled to reconvene on July 5.

Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZq2F9LcUrI to view the moment Lewis asked Democrats to take the floor.

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