Sitting-in to bring gun control debate. Courtesy Rep. Donna Edwards’ office
Published June 22, 2016
WASHINGTON – In an act of rebellion over the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives not bringing a debate and vote over gun control measures, more than three dozen House Democrats are staging a sit-in in the House of Representatives chamber today.
The House Democrats want “no fly, no buy” bill brought to debate that would bar terror suspects on the “no-fly” list from purchasing guns.
Led by civil rights movement great, Representative John Lewis (D-Georgia), the Representatives have vowed to stay there until there is a debate and subsequent vote on gun control measures.
“We have been too quiet for too long,” Lewis stated today. “There comes a time when you have to say something. You have to make a little noise. You have to move your feet. This is the time.”
“How many more mothers? How many more fathers need to shed tears of grief before we do something?” Lewis continuted. “Give us a vote. Let us vote. We came here to do our job. We came here to work.”
This happened two days after the U.S. Senate voted down gun control measures. Americans have increased pressure on Congress since the Orlando massacre that left 49 people dead on during the early morning hours on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
Levi Rickert, a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, is the publisher and editor of Native News Online. Previously, he served as editor of the Native News Network. He is a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan.