House Democrats hold ‘sit-in’ in demand for gun control
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) led House Democrats in a sit-in on the chamber floor Wednesday morning, calling on Republicans to pass new gun control laws.
The group of Democratic representatives are demanding that the House be kept in session through its planned recess in order to pass legislation strengthening gun control laws. The sit-in follows a nearly 15-hour filibuster by Senate Democrats to push for gun control measures in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, four of which ultimately failed to gain the necessary votes to pass.
In a tweet, Rep. Lewis said, “We have to disturb the order of things to build a world at peace with itself.”
Joining Rep. Lewis were Representatives Donna F. Edwards (D-MD), John Yarmuth (D-KY), and John Larson (D-CT).
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), who led Thursday’s filibuster, gave his support for the sit-in.