01 July, 2016
When congressional Democrats took a seat on the floor of the House of Representatives to protest the chamber's inaction on gun control, their tactic was roundly criticized by Republicans as nothing more than a publicity stunt.
Instead of grainy black-and-white photos, color selfies with colleagues went out on social media and Periscope transmitted live video images around the world.
In staging a sit-in pushing for a vote on gun control legislation, U.S. House Democrats said they were raising public awareness about what they contend is a crisis of violence.
Exhausted but exuberant, House Democrats vowed to fight on for gun control Thursday as they ended their high-drama House floor sit-in with songs, prayers and defiant predictions of success.
One of the protest leaders, civil rights veteran and Georgia lawmaker John Lewis of Georgia, says: "We are going to win this struggle". Overall, his tenure has been less marked by leadership on legislation and more as an inspirational member of the Democratic caucus.
"Like all of you here today, it's personal to me", she said. He said on Thursday that the strategy was to elevate the issue to make people hold politicians accountable if their votes are not responsive to what they want. "But people sent us here to vote".
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While her plan could be revived next month, it is unclear if she has the momentum to overcome pro-gun rights forces in Congress who argue that gun control measures in Congress have been too restrictive and trample on the constitutional right to bear arms.
Jennifer Hoppe, deputy director of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said that in less than 24 hours from Wednesday, about 130,000 calls were made from supporters of gun control to members of Congress.
Strong words were exchanged between some Republicans and Democrats on the floor. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. Gun-control advocates think she's particularly vulnerable to the changing gun politics after Orlando, in part because of her tough reelection campaign and her votes on the issues this past week.
After years of Republicans making it clear that the House belongs to millionaires, billionaires, special interests, for 26 hours Democrats took back the House in the name of the people. This narrow provision would deny people on the federal "no-fly list" the ability to legally buy a gun.
"The Republicans across the country are in favor heavily of the two bills we're advancing", he said. "If this is not a political stunt, then why are they trying to raise money off of this, off of a tragedy?"
The Republican majorities in both the U.S House and Senate consistently parrot the National Rifle Association's talking points. "We know that this is not the last time that terrorists will try to attack American citizens here at home".