Something’s happening here in the People’s House. What’s going down seems exactly clear: a stage of our democracy, men and women players speaking unscripted lines that could wait no more.
In the aftermath of the outright slaughter of 49 LGBTQ people in Orlando, Fla., the pairing of gays and guns is beginning to take on a far different meaning. Gays and lesbians saw the murders at the Pulse nightclub as an attack on their community — one that was facilitated by easy access to guns by someone who clearly shouldn’t have had that right.
“Enough is enough.” That was the message of an intensely emotional speech by Rep. Debbie Dingell during the #NoBillNoBreak sit-in for gun control legislation, as she invoked her childhood with an abusive, gun-owning father.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the sit-in was a “publicity stunt.”
It probably was — but is there anything wrong with that?
As Paul Ryan moved through the standard procedure for a vote, meant to interrupt the protest, Democrats chanted “No bill, no break!” and began to sing “We Shall Overcome” with altered lyrics, like “We shall pass a bill some day.”
The scene, including chants of “No bill, no break!” was like nothing that has occurred in Congress in recent years, more reminiscent of the civil rights battles of the 1960s than today’s often predictably scripted debates.
“Now is the time for us to find a way to dramatize it, to make it real,” Lewis said after the daily recess, as Democrats took over the floor. “We have to occupy the floor of the House until there is action.”
Barely more than a week after 49 people lost their lives in the worst mass shooting in American history, Congress has once again voted against gun control. The GOP-controlled Senate rejected four measures that would’ve made background-checks mandatory and prevented names on the terror list watch list from buying guns
A day after the Senate rejected four gun control measures in the wake of the Orlando shooting, a bipartisan group of 9 senators expressed their willingness to compromise on gun control. Specifically, legislation meant to prevent people on the no-fly list and the selective screening list from buying guns.
In the wake of the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub, Donald Trump suggested that the solution would have been allowing clubgoers to carry hidden firearms. Research on gun control, however, demonstrates that allowing concealed carry is anything but the answer in order to prevent more horrific, violent incidents.
When has there been such a burst of sickening headlines from one place? First, the killing of singer Christina Grimmie by an unhinged stalker with a handgun. Then the vicious slaughter at the Pulse nightclub by a homophobic wannabe jihadist with an AR-15. And, finally, the snatching of a toddler by an alligator roaming a Disney lake. All three stories are datelined Orlando, Fla., a stunningly freakish coincidence.
The effort to keep firearms away from people on terrorism watch lists faced an uphill battle, with critics in both parties skeptical about its chances. “What am I going to tell the community of Orlando?” asked Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida after the votes. “Sadly, what I’m going to tell them is the NRA won again.”
The laws in New York and Connecticut, among the strictest in the nation, were enacted after a gunman with a semiautomatic rifle killed 20 young children and six educators in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Wayne LaPierre blamed political correctness for Mateen’s ability to buy weapons. “We all mourn from what happened, but we face a terrorist challenge,” he said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” He accused the administration of attempting to divert attention away from terrorism and said the issue of gun control had been politicized.
Omar Mateen may have committed the worst gun mass murder in U.S. history, but his terrorist act will change little in America. Occurring as it did six months before the presidential election, politics has gotten in the way of the reflection and deliberation that should be happening.
Senate Democrats are showing gumption and backbone over the Orlando bloodbath, the worst mass shooting in American history. You could read their faces: No surrender until two simple gun measures are voted upon.
While most of the millionaire moguls bankrolling Donald Trump’s campaign have not spoken publicly about their views on the issue, the few who have are split on what must be done about guns.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn) concluded his nearly 15-hour filibuster to call for votes on two gun control measures early this morning by telling the story of six-year-old Dylan Hockley, an ebullient student at Sandy Hook Elementary with an infectious laugh. Diagnosed with autism, Hockley died on December 14, 2012 in the arms of his special […]
Republicans, who currently have a 54-person majority in the Senate, have over the years blocked gun control measures, saying they step on Americans’ right to bear arms as guaranteed under the Constitution.
Pressure from Democrats to finally push the needle on gun reform, after repeated mass shootings have been met with silence from the right, came just hours after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy’s filibuster on the Senate floor on Wednesday represents a potential changing of the tides regarding gun control in Congress, where some Democrats are finally pushing for concrete legislative action.
Faced with the tragic killing of 49 people in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, notable conservatives seem to be running out of excuses for why we need less gun control.
Murphy has been a strong advocate for gun control since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy, where 6 adults and 20 children died, in his home state of Connecticut.