NewsPublic Affairs / June 22, 2016

Carson Joins House Sit-In, Demanding Action on Gun Control

Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson tweeted this photo from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson tweeted this photo from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.

NDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, joined Democrats in Washington as they staged a sit-in to protest to push for movement on gun control.

“Congress must not leave Washington, D.C. without voting on commonsense gun violence prevention legislation to save lives," Carson said in a statement. “Mass shootings have become unacceptably commonplace in our country. Moreover, our communities are struggling to create safe environments and reduce violent crime.  It is clearer than ever that we have a searing responsibility to do more to keep guns out of the wrong hands.”

Following the recent Orlando shooting various forms of gun legislation have been proposed in the U.S. Senate. So far, the Senate has blocked every one. Now U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, is demanding Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan hold a vote on gun legislation.

Lewis, who is leading the protest, said too many people are losing their loved ones to gun violence. He argued that has to change.

Those on the floor chanted “No bill, no break” while the House was in recess.

 

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