Georgia’s John Lewis Leads Sit In on the House Floor Over Gun Legislation

Georgia Fifth District Congressman John Lewis is the leader of a group of House Democrats who want a vote on the House floor on gun control measures. The congressman took to the well of the House this morning with this speech:

We are calling on the leadership of the House to bring common-sense gun control legislation to the House Floor. Give us a vote. Let us vote. We came here to do our jobs. We came here to work. The American people are demanding action.

Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary. Sometimes you have to make a way out of no way. We have been too quiet for too long. There comes a time when you have to say something, when you have to make a little noise. When you have to move your feet. And this is the time. Now is the time to get in the way. The time to act is now. We will be silent no more. The time for silence is over.

Lewis’s remarks caught the eye of one important Washingtonian:

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Charlie
Charlie

John Lewis spent a year on the no-fly list, was unable to find out how he got on it or get himself off of it.

Now he would deny the constitutional rights to those who find themselves in the same predicament without the power/benefit of being a member of Congress, without any provision for due process? Shameful.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

My concerns about the extra-judicial nature of the lists extend to Guantanamo.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Not a fan of the lack of due process associated with the no-fly list or the fact it disproportionately impacts Muslim-Americans. This policy wouldn’t have stopped the Columbine shooters, the Newtown shooter, the VT shooter, the Charleston terrorist, or even the guy in Orlando. But, when it comes to things Congress can do (and y’all said the 10th Amendment doesn’t get enough respect) this bill is one of a limited number of options available. Even if this bill is non-responsive to the issue at hand, the larger purpose of Democrats’ sit-in and their “filibuster” is to shine a light on… Read more »

Mike Hassinger
Mike Hassinger

Yeah, I would be all worked up about that, except I belong to the party that’s tried so shut down the entire government over budget fights. On the one hand, I think we should talk about the list -and which list (Terror Watch List or the “No-Fly” list?) and how one is put on it and why, and how one gets off it, and whether or not denying those merely suspected of being nutters and criminals would be an efficient way to FURTHER lower the gun homicide rate, (which has been basically halved since 1993, while gun sales have gone… Read more »

blakeage80
blakeage80

Its funny the Democrats’ methods aren’t as ever changing as their views on morality, constitutional interpretation…etc

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Let’s not pretend the other side is immune to shifting its strategies and positions based on political winds.

If you’ll excuse me, Judge Garland is calling.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Wonder how Lewis would respond to taking away the made up right for a woman to have an abortion? Now THAT would really stop violence!!

augusta52
augusta52

Good point, Noway…as in, far more blacks die in the nation’s abortion mills than from gun violence, but Lewis can never find an abortion restriction he could support, not even (ironically) as a member of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where non-violence has always been a theme.

Oh, the Democrats are frustrated they don’t hold the House…still not admitting that a certain piece of legislation passed in 2010 led to their downfall in the elections that year. Something dubbed RobertsCare…perhaps without that, they would not have lost their majority in 2010. But a lot of them drank the Kool-Aid

Will Durant
Will Durant

Since you cannot filibuster in the House can some penalty be exacted for this waste of time? Is this illegal or just rule breaking? In any case it sets a bad precedent regardless of which party is in the minority in the future. OTOH it isn’t like Congress has been accomplishing anything as of late. Maybe they should not only turn off the lights as Mike as suggested but also the HVAC systems.

Benevolus
Benevolus

A hero doing hero stuff. Let’s propose a law and have a vote! That simple.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Omaha Beach, Iwo Jima, Edmund Pettus Bridge… all heroic. This bit of theater earning a 2-week break during a session that will accomplish nothing anyway… soap opera melodrama.

PM
PM

Irony is; making that speech in one of the most heavily defended public places in the world.

Not far from where Rep.Lewis spoke the bullet holes still exist from the Puerto Rican nationalist that shot up the House floor wounding five Representatives on March 1, 1954. The House preserves the numerous bullet holes in the desks and backs of chairs to remind the members bad folks still exist. Obviously, Rep. Lewis needs to be reminded. http://www.c-span.org/video/?317988-2/1954-shooting-congress C-SPAN video complete with video of the bullet holes.

drjay
drjay

you would think the fourth amendment would be more important to someone like john lewis…maybe not…

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

The Republicans should throw themselves on the floor too until they come back with an enforceable bill on immigration even if it requires a compromise on auto gun licensing. Heck let’s remove the seats until then.

Noway2016
Noway2016

So, is the mob still stomping their feet this am?

Noway2016
Noway2016

What other Constitutional Right do John Lewis and his fellow sit inners want to take away today? They’re trying to do a number on old Number 2, so don’t waste that effort, try do deny another one! Number 4? Naw, that’s already been obliterated. Any suggestions? How about the 5th? Not really, Hillary’s IT guy is busy invoking that one! C’mon, John, throw us a bone!

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Will more guns laws work when the years of warning signals on the Orlando shooter and his family didn’t ? Muslims know the mosques and those with potential issues. One of the reports to the FBI was by a fellow Muslim.
Nothing is going to work except being well armed when the first focus is on what the protector did wrong or couldn’t check closer.

Benevolus
Benevolus

That completely flies in the face of wherever gun regulation that has been tried everywhere is applied consistently.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

“Applied consistently” – fail – (no fan of these automatic guns in all the wrong hands either)