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#EndorseThis: Rep. John Lewis Leads House Sit-In For Gun Control

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#EndorseThis: Rep. John Lewis Leads House Sit-In For Gun Control


Two days after the Senate rejected four gun control measures, dozens of House Democrats, led by Georgia congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, have staged a “sit-in” on the House floor in an attempt to force a vote on a “No Fly, No Buy” bill.

“As the worst mass shooting in our nation’s history has underscored, our country cannot afford to stand by while this Congress continues to be paralyzed by politics,” Lewis wrote in a letter, urging Speaker Paul Ryan to skip the planned congressional recess in order to debate and vote on new gun control legislation.

“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.”

Representatives have been sitting on the House floor since a little after noon, chanting “No bill, no break” after each speech.

Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, Rep. Dale Kildee of Michigan, Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio, Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida, and Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut are some of the representatives joining the effort for stricter gun control laws.

MSNBC has reported there are upwards of 60 Democrats on the House floor. But it’s hard to get a firm idea of how many are involved. Buzzfeed reports why:

Shortly after they sat down, the House went to recess and the cameras were turned off. Because the House was not formally gaveled into session, the sit-in was not being televised. The House studio has control of the cameras inside, according to C-SPAN who clarified that the network was not responsible for the lost feed.

A recent CNN poll found that 85 percent of respondents were in favor of banning those on terror watch lists from buying guns.

Update: CSPAN seems to be broadcasting a Periscope stream from the House floor. Watch here

Photo: Congressman John Yarmuth on Twitter. 



  1. yabbed June 22, 2016

    John Lewis is a great American hero. I praise him and his courage. Shame of the Republican Party for caring more about their campaign contributions from the NRA than the lives of Americans.

    1. David June 22, 2016

      Right!!! Who needs the Bill of Rights anyway?

    2. 2ThinkN_Do2 June 23, 2016

      If people really cared about the people, they would request their representatives to address the real issue and not the fictitious one they constantly do. Why don’t they address the real issue? They don’t know how, so they blame guns.

    3. Box June 23, 2016

      Shame of the Democratic Party for shoving the Constitution to the back of the bus and out the rear door of the bus. That kind of shame is what revolutions are born of.

  2. Lenora Seaton June 22, 2016

    NRA go away!

    1. 2ThinkN_Do2 June 23, 2016

      From what I read about the 4 bills, the NRA even endorsed one of them. So, it’s not the NRA, it’s the Senators doing what the people really want.

  3. Otto T. Goat June 22, 2016

    Like a bunch of toddlers.

    1. Phil Johnson June 22, 2016

      … apparently, even RW troll moths are attracted to fire… Welcome to the conflagration, pal.

  4. FT66 June 22, 2016

    Hold their feet on fire. We are all watching.

  5. Phil Johnson June 22, 2016

    Do y’all think that, if everyone knew up front, that the House recess was in two days and God knows for how long, it would make any difference in the intensity of this sudden forest fire?

    Just sayin’.

    aures lupi

  6. 788eddie June 22, 2016

    Thank you, John Lewis. Our country owes you a debt we cannot repay. Time and time again, you have had to stand your ground (or in this cast sit your ground) against people who do not have the best interests of our country at heart.

    Your love of this country is obvious.

    1. DOC June 22, 2016


      1. 788eddie June 22, 2016

        No, this is not the first time, and it probably won’t be the last. What’s your point?

        BTW: STOP SHOUTING! (We’ll be able to read it better.)

    2. Mark Caponigro June 23, 2016

      The movie “Selma” contains lots of terrific scenes and sub-plots, but doesn’t really come together to tell the big story as well as it deserves, alas. But one of those terrific sub-plots is the story of the young John Lewis, and it’s very moving.

  7. Jane Reiter June 22, 2016

    Appealing to Paul Ryan to act with any vision, leadership or morality is a joke. He doesn’t know what any of those words look like. Kudos to John Lewis for showing him..

  8. DOC June 22, 2016

    A very nice thought but a wast of time. The NRA got those boys by the balls.

    1. bobnstuff June 22, 2016

      All they are doing is making the house members show where they stand for the record. They know the republicans would never go against the NRA. The democrats will be able to say that the republicans voted to give terrorist weapons.

    2. Box June 23, 2016

      And nevermind the NRA stands on the Constitution while Congress does not? Really??

  9. AgLander June 22, 2016

    A perfect image…..the dim Dem’s sitting down on the job like a bunch of cud chewing cattle. They can stay there, in fact that’s where they belong.

    1. bobnstuff June 22, 2016

      At least they are trying to do their jobs. How many bills has the house passed this congress? I’m surpersed that the house isn’t holding hearings to find a way to blame the deaths on Clinton.

      1. Box June 23, 2016

        What job is that? Tell us what exactly is their job?

  10. ralphkr June 23, 2016

    How silly of Lewis & his fellow Democrats to think that they can shame Ryan & Republicans into doing their job. It is impossible to shame Ryan because he has no shame. (I was going to post “impossible to be more obnoxious than Ryan” but then I thought about Trump)

  11. Box June 23, 2016

    What a sight. But they wont sit in for the rule of law, the Constitution, despite having sworn to it. They all FAIL. And yet, their constituents, gays and LGBT, are all running to get their gun carry licences. http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines-2016/this-video-will-stop-gun-control-if-it-goes-viral


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