Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, returned to his protest roots when he led a sit-in on the House floor Wednesday, making an emotional plea for a vote to overhaul the nation’s gun control laws.
“What is the tipping point? Are we blind? Can we see?” Lewis said during a live stream on C-SPAN,before it was abruptly shut off. “How many more mothers, how many more fathers need to shed tears of grief before we do something? We were elected to lead Mr. speaker.”
Rep. John Larson (D-Connecticut) also made a heartfelt speech before over 40 members of the House took their seats on the floor. “Rise up Democrats, rise up Americans. This cannot stand! We will occupy this floor. We will no longer be denied a right to vote!” he said.
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