The House of Representatives has had a full house on Wednesday after its members decided to sit in to demand the house for a vote on gun control policies.
In the wake of the recent Orlando shooting, the Democrats are pushing the Republican Party to act on the issue. The Orlando shooting has been the worst mass shooting in the history of America. Australia reportedly had a mass shooting with more than 30 calamities, but they immediately remedied their laws after that.
Gun control has been a sensitive issue for the Republicans who wishes to uphold their right to own a gun. President Barack Obama has tried convincing the Congress to start its movement on gun control. But, over his tenure as the commanding officer, he was not able to move Congress to start.
The Democrats paused their chanting to make way for the chaplain to offer an opening prayer. After the prayer concluded, they continued on to their chant.
The Democrats announced that they will not leave, even after the Republicans declared a recess.
Representative James E. Clyburn started the series of speech by pointing out the certain shooting that happened in a church in Charleston South Carolina. Nine black civilians were killed during the shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Eight people were dead at the scene, while the other one died on the way to the hospital. There were many speculations about the shooting, but the community and the church leader Tory Fields believed it is about their race.
By 12:41 p.m., Senator Chris Murphy opened up the same issue. Sen. Murphy has already led a Senate filibuster about gun control before. In this instance, Sen. Murphy joined in the Democrats to add validity to the pressing concern of U.S. gun control policies. The media is not allowed to broadcast the live feed just yet by this time, according to the Atlantic.
“What is the tipping point? Are we blind? Can we see? How many more mothers and fathers must shed tears of grief before we do something?”
“How many more mothers? How many more fathers need to shed tears of grief before we do something?” Lewis continued, his voice rising in intensity. “Give us a vote. Let us vote. We came here to do our job. We came here to work.
As the sit-in moves forward, one Republican reached out and said that he will support their push for a vote on “no fly, no buy” gun legislation. Representative David Jolly of Florida took to Twitter to call out the GOP leaders to put their proposal on prohibiting terrorists to buy guns.
Just like President Obama, many Democratic figures like Hillary Clinton voiced out their support via social media.
As more and more support is gathered for the Democrats in the House, the Republican Party is at its edge to provide a response.
Watch Representative John Lewis’ speech below.
[Photo by AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta]