House Democrats couldn’t get their way with gun control — so they decided to have a temper tantrum on the floor, literally. One of them even got a note from their mommy. Do you think that America will let them get away with their gun grabbing antics?
House Democrats today took a stand – by sitting down – to pressure Republican leadership to allow them to vote on gun control measures, two days after the Senate failed to pass anything new.
The Democrats gathered on the House floor for hours and took turns speaking. They were without lights and the usual House video camera – streaming the protest on their cell phones instead.
The sit-in was led by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a veteran of the civil rights movement, who shamed the Republicans for turning ‘deaf ears to the blood of the innocent’ before asking his Democratic colleagues to join him in the well of the House chamber around 11:30 a.m.
The Republicans responded with Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., acting as Speaker, gaveling out to let his peers head off to lunch.
After noon, Rep. Ted Poe, now with the gavel, noted that ‘the House is currently not in a state of order due to the presence of members in the well who are not recognized.’
Poe asked them to leave and when the Democrats didn’t he called a recess.
While in recess each time, the House’s cameras were shut off, with C-SPAN, which airs the proceedings, noting that they don’t have control of the camera feed.
Individual members of Congress used the Periscope app to then broadcast the day’s pro-gun control speeches from the floor.
Read more: Daily Mail
One of them even got a note from their mommy:
— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) June 22, 2016