By David Aghadiuno Published 06/23/2016 11:23:00 | Views: 2262
House Democrats, led by Rep. John Lewis (right), gathered in the well of the House chamber on Wednesday to protest the fact that no gun control measures were being voted on post the Orlando massacre
 

A rebellious group of democrats led by Georgia representative John Lewis has staged a sit-in on the House floor and are refusing to leave until they have secured a vote on gun control measures.

The group, composed of about three dozen Democrats, has demanded a vote on measures to expand background checks for gun buyers and block purchases by some suspected terrorists in the wake of last week’s Orlando massacre which took the lives of 49 people.

The Democrats led the sit-in with shouts of “No bill, no break,” and demanded that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., keep the House in session through its planned week-long recess next week to debate and vote on gun legislation. Lewis, who is the representative for Georgia’s 5th District said that action on gun violence is long overdue.

John Lewis was joined by several dozen of his Democratic colleagues who sat on the floor or stood in the well. Republicans responded by first taking a lunch break and then with calling a recess 

John Lewis was joined by several dozen of his Democratic colleagues who sat on the floor or stood in the well. Republicans responded by first taking a lunch break and then with calling a recess

“We have lost hundreds and thousands of innocent people to gun violence,” Lewis said as he urged other Democrats to stand with him in the area near the podium, known as the well. A number of congressmen tweeted pictures of the protest, showing Lewis in the middle of the sit-in.

Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., said that the lawmakers were “calling for the simple dignity of a vote.” Larson and other Democrats cited polls showing broad public support for measures expanding background checks for firearms purchases and blocking suspected terrorists from buying guns.

The House of Representatives was not in session when the Democrats began the sit-in. Republican leaders again had the C-SPAN cameras turned off as the protest resumed.

 
 
 
 
By David Aghadiuno 06/23/2016 11:23:00
 
 

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