In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando last week, U.S. Representatives John Lewis and Hank Johnson were among House Democrats participating in a sit-in on the House Floor. They were demanding that Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans allow a vote on bipartisan legislation to address gun violence. Congressman Lewis said “We’re going to continue to sit in and sit down”. The 76 year old Atlanta Representative said “By sitting in and sitting down, we’re standing up.”
Representative Johnson said “this is a moment of truth. Congress cannot hold another moment of silence for victims of gun violence – and we cannot leave Washington, D.C. – without taking action to prevent the next tragedy”. Johnson also said “our sit-in represents a simple appeal to Speaker Ryan and House Republicans (to) let the People’s House vote on commonsense gun violence prevention legislation that is overwhelmingly supported by the American people.”
According to a press release from Johnson’s office, House Democrats are calling on Speaker Ryan and House Republicans to allow an immediate vote on bipartisan, commonsense gun violence prevention legislation to help keep guns out of dangerous hands, with two bills:
• The bipartisan King-Thompson legislation to expand and strengthen our background checks system;
• The bipartisan ‘No Fly, No Buy’ bill to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.
House Republicans have voted 13 times to block consideration of the bipartisan ‘No Fly, No Buy’ legislation.
According to Johnson, “the Republican House is now rushing toward yet another week away from Washington – without giving the American people a vote to confront the gun violence epidemic. “I am proud to join my fellow House Democrats on the floor to demand that Republicans end their indefensible obstruction of commonsense gun legislation,” added Johnson. “We will not rest until Congress shows the courage to act to strengthen background checks and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and suspected terrorists. No Bill, No Break.”