House Democrats stage congressional sit-in to demand a vote on gun control

House Democrats Are Staging a 'Sit-In' Until They Can Vote on Gun Laws

Democratic members of Congress staged a sit-in on the House floor Wednesday morning, demanding a vote on gun reforms in the wake of the Orlando massacre.

Led by Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who was a leader of the Civil Rights movement, more than two-dozen members joined the sit-in — which came a little over a week after 49 people were killed and 50 more injured when a man opened fire on a gay nightclub.

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"We have lost hundreds and thousands of innocent people to gun violence," Lewis said at the outset of the sit-in. "Tiny little children, babies, students and teachers, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, daughters and sons, friends and neighbors. And what has this body done, Mr. Speaker? Nothing. Not one thing. We have turned a deaf ear."

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Democrats Stage House Floor Sit-In Over Gun Reform

Because of that, lawmakers involved in the sit-in snapped their own pictures and tweeted them out, despite the fact that photos are not allowed in the chamber.

The sit-in comes two days after the Senate failed to pass gun reforms that would have barred suspected terrorists from purchasing guns, as well as expand background checks to people wishing to purchase firearms.

Senate Democrats staged a 14-hour filibuster to push for votes on those bills, which went on to fail.

See images from the sit-in:

House Democrats stage sit-in to force gun control vote
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House Democrats stage sit-in to force gun control vote
I'm on the House floor with @repjohnlewis & Dems staging a sit-in to demand action on commonsense gun legislation
Time to occupy the House to demand action. #NoBillNoBreak #DisarmHate
Pleased to be w/my @HouseDemocrats colleagues to take Floor to #EndGunViolence now. #Enough #NOMORESILENCE
Joining w/ @repjohnlewis &dozens of my colleagues for House sit-in for a vote to prevent gun violence #NoBillNoBreak
Democrats are still sitting on the floor of the House demanding votes on gun safety bills #NoBillNoBreak
They can turn off the cameras but they can't keep us quiet. #NoMoreSilence. We want a vote on gun reforms
My colleagues & I have had enough. We are sitting-in on the House Floor until we get a vote to address gun violence.
One by one, Democrats, who are sitting in the well of the House chamber, step up to speak. Enough is Enough, they repeat.
Democrats chanting, "No bill, no break!!''
Rep Ted Poe (@JudgeTedPoe) attempted to gavel House back into session; Democrats refused to yield floor; Poe gaveled recess again.
I'm in the House chamber showing solidarity w #NoBillNoBreak. Truly amazing moment. Truly amazing last week.
Democrats sitting on House floor for 1hour+ demanding votes on gun bills. GOP responded by turning the cameras off

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