Democrats have staged a sit-in to call for legislative action on gun control in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. No doubt President Obama is behind this latest attempt to impose gun restrictions on law-abiding citizens.
Fox News reported that House Democrats are staging a sit-down protest, seeking a vote on gun control measures following the Orlando nightclub shooting.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 22, 2016
Roughly 40 House lawmakers sat on the floor and refused to allow Republicans to take back control. They took turns talking about gun violence, said they wouldn’t leave until House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., allowed a vote on measures to curb it, and chanted over and over “No bill, no break!” The House is scheduled to adjourn on Friday and be out of session until July 5, USA Today reported.
Most of the demonstration, unlike last week’s filibuster in the Senate, was not broadcast on C-SPAN because the network does not display the House floor when it is in recess. But many lawmakers took to social media to post photos and video of the protest.
— Rosa DeLauro (@rosadelauro) June 22, 2016
Rep. John Larson of Connecticut says lawmakers are “calling for the simple dignity of a vote” in the House on measures to block gun purchases by some suspected terrorists.
Larson says, “Rise up Democrats, rise up Americans. We will occupy this chamber.”
— Eleanor Holmes Norton (@EleanorNorton) June 22, 2016
Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland says, “We will not be shut up. We will not be shut down.”
The House was not in session when the Democrats held the demonstration. Republican leaders ordered C-SPAN cameras turned off.
Proud to join my colleagues in demanding a vote to keep our communities safe & guns out of the hands of terrorists pic.twitter.com/MMpUcpCxSU
— Dave Loebsack (@daveloebsack) June 22, 2016