US Democrats stage sit-in for stricter gun control

Washington: In an unprecedented move, Democratic Congressmen staged a sit-in inside the well of the US House of Representatives demanding a vote on strict gun control laws in the wake of America’s deadliest mass shooting last week that killed 49 people in Orlando.

Members of Congress stage a sit-in on the floor of the US House of Representatives. Pic/AFP
Members of Congress stage a sit-in on the floor of the US House of Representatives. Pic/AFP

The leadership of the Republican party, which holds a majority in the House, refused to budge and instead shut off the television cameras used for live coverage. The Democratic Congressmen used their own smartphones to live telecast — through Facebook and other social media sites — the proceedings inside the House yesterday along with their sit-in in the House well.

"Enough is enough," said Indian American Congressman Ami Bera, as he joined his fellow Democratic lawmakers in the protest, which was led by legendary Congressman John Lewis known for his civil disobedience movement. "Republicans denied us a vote, we sat on the Floor. When they turned off the House cameras, we livestreamed from our phones," said Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.

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