House Democrats Highlight Gun Protests

Video shows more than 80 events around the country last week

Posted July 7, 2016 at 2:15pm

 

House Democrats are highlighting their push for gun control in a new video, as they continue to protest inaction on the issue.  

Democrats took to the floor Thursday to launch another protest , following a daylong sit-in at the end of June that drew scores of supporters to the Capitol . The lawmakers have said they hope to keep up their momentum.  

As part of that effort, more than 90 Democrats held 80 events throughout the country last week as Congress was out for the July Fourth holiday, according to a Democratic aide, who said the events spanned at least 22 states and ranged from roundtable discussions, press conferences and rallies, to symbolic sit-ins and town hall meetings.  

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The House Democratic Caucus, led by California Rep. Xavier Becerra is now releasing a 2½-minute video highlighting the events, beginning with the House sit-in. The video begins with the words “There is a movement in America…” followed by clips of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Georgia speaking on the floor during the sit-in, over a recording of the Democrats singing “We Shall Overcome.”  

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The video also shows the role that technology played in the Democrats’ effort to push for a vote on gun control legislation. They utilized cell phone video streaming applications to broadcast the floor proceedings when House cameras were turned off. Others on social media picked up on their mantra by sharing the hashtag #NoBillNoBreak.  

The video ends with a message to Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin: “Speaker Ryan, the American people demand a vote!”  

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