Direct Action Taken by Democrats
In an unprecedented action, led by Civil Rights icon John Lewis (D-Georgia), House Democrats have occupied the Chamber through the night to protest Republican refusal to allow a vote on two gun bills: ‘No Fly, No Buy” prohibiting those on No Fly lists from purchasing firearms, and “No check, No sale” expanding background checks requirements to online and gun show sales.
Almost all House Democrats have participated in the “sit-in”, taking turns at the podium throughout the night calling for a vote.
At 3:15 am, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) called a recess until July 5 and Republicans left for home while Democrats stayed on the floor.
A Political Shift
The vote did not come yet, but we are really seeing the politics shift on gun violence prevention as more and more members of Congress take action on the issue as they realize that public sentiment is everything and 80 to 90 % of Americans support these Common Sense Measures. They saw a growing mass of supporters arrive, in the galleries and outside the Capitol.
Thank Our Connecticut Senators
Democratic members are still on the floor. Next steps are still very much in flux. But our first action must be to thank our Connecticut Congressman, all of whom participated in the action throughout the day and night.
Call your Congressman now! Say you support their bold action and that you want them to continue to demand a vote on gun safety measures.
Here is the list of our CT Members of Congress. Call yours now!!
John Larson: 202-225-2265
Joe Courtney: 202-225-2076
Rosa DeLauro: 202-225-3661
Jim Himes: 202-225-5541
Elizabeth Esty: 202-225-4476