1ClassyLady 68F
3112 posts
6/23/2016 1:18 am
No bill, no break" Democrats hold "Sit-In" on Gun Control

Georgia congressman John Lewis deployed a strategy from his days as a civil rights activist and coupled it with social media to stage a dramatic sit-in Wednesday on the House floor with his fellow Democrats to force a vote on gun control — and disrupt political business as normal well into the night.

As midnight Thursday rolled in, the sit-in had lasted for over 12 hours.

"Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary, sometimes you have to make a way out of no way," said Lewis, one of the last living icons of the civil rights movement. "There comes a time when you have to say something, when you have to make a little noise, when you have to move your feet. This is the time. Now is the time to get in the way. The time to act is now. We will be silent no more."

As the sit-in stretched into half-a-day long, lasting through votes by GOP that threatened to derail the movement, Lewis thanked supporters and fellow legislators, saying "I'm gratified. It is good to see sitting there on the floor. I felt like I was reliving my life all over again. During the sixties, the sit in started with 3 or 4 people and it spread like wildfire. This was spread."

Lewis and roughly 40 fellow House Democrats began the protest around midday Wednesday by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance as a couple dozen visitors in the gallery looked on and vowing "to occupy the floor of the House until there is action."

Other Democrats began chanting: "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired!" and "No bill, no break!"

"We will be sitting-in until the House is allowed an opportunity to vote," Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said later in a statement. "This is an issue that ought to transcend party — it's about saving lives and keeping our communities safe."

Rep. Keith Ellison posted on Facebook that he learned about the sit-in when a staffer handed him a note that read: "Your Mom called and wants you on the floor!"

"Couldn't say no," the Minnesota Democrat wrote. "Don't worry, mom. I'm there."

Soon they were joined by Democratic reinforcements from the Senate side, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Mark Warner of Virginia and Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

It is highly unusual for members to disrupt the functioning of the House this way.

If members do not leave the floor and no compromise is reached, it is largely up to Speaker Paul Ryan to decide whether to use the authority of the House to seek to clear the floor and/or sanction members, or to keep the House in recess and wait out the issue.

The protest was not being televised because the House has not formally gaveled into session.

So Rep. Scott Peters, D-California, has been using the video streaming app, Periscope, to share footage of the sit-in. C-Span has been broadcasting Peters' video feed.

House members also took to social media to lodge their protests using the hashtags #NoBillNoBreak, #NOMORESILENCE and #goodtrouble.

Honesty is the best policy.

1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
6/23/2016 11:19 pm

The Democrat "sit-in" protest/ demonstration has been failed. The 2nd Amendment is in Constitution and difficult to change/ modify. House speaker, Paul Ryan called it off and the meeting is adjourned till after 4th of July. Well, Congressmen have a long vacation, while we have to cross our fingers crossed that nothing will happen during this recess.

Honesty is the best policy.

beyondfantasy3 113M
4740 posts
6/23/2016 4:43 am

As to Guns, I have some, but I don't need an assault weapon for the sake of home and personal protection.
IF a person is a hunter, they should too be one who respects its prey, therefore, why would one need an automatic weapon? If one is a hunter they should have developed a skill to be so.
Isn't it enough that one can bring down their prey from a long distance? why do they need the "spray the woods" with rapid gunfire?

beyondfantasy3 113M
4740 posts
6/23/2016 4:40 am

Sadly, Republican Mentality Aims has always been Business Interest before People, where as the Democratic Mentality Aims is People before Business.

We all understand for a democracy to work, it has to have resources and those include finances, but the core premise of its work is about People. Therefore the interest of concern for people should be premier. Business will flourish, when people are made to be the primary concern, because its people's patronage that makes business exist.

1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
6/23/2016 1:51 am

Those NRA and Republican congressmen have no heart for the victims of gun violence. How many kindergarten / 1st graders, college students, co-workers in San Bernandeno, California and gay bar in Orlando, Florida, how many innocent people in France, .... have to die before those killings stop?

Guns and assault weapons fall into the wrong hands that kills so many innocent victims and Republican congressmen ignore the problem and walked away. USA has too many gun shop stores, dept stores, even magazine to buy guns, assault weapons. Stop selling guns and assault weapons.

Honesty is the best policy.