Pelosi: 'We Cannot Stop' Until We Get a Gun Bill

Minority leader says activisim on gun control will continue during July 4 recess

From left, Reps. James E. Clyburn, John Lewis, Joseph Crowley, Nancy Pelosi, Terri Sewell and Charles B. Rangel sing "We Shall Overcome" with demonstrators on the East Front of the Capitol after the House Democrats' sit-in ended on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After House Democrats on Thursday ended their sit-in on the House floor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi vowed to continue their fight for gun control until they get a vote. 

“Let me be really clear about this: We cannot stop until we get a bill,” the California Democrat said.

Members said they plan to take their fight home to their districts for the Independence Day recess, and when they return on July 5, they’ll continue to discuss how to push for gun control measures in Washington, Pelosi said.

“We’ll finish here and then we’ll have our activism for all of next week,” she said.

[ Gun Control Activists Gather Outside Capitol to Support Sit-In ]

Pelosi lauded the hundreds of supporters who gathered outside the Capitol as Democrats protested inside, pointing out that several stayed through the night and endured an early morning thunderstorm.

Democrats Vow to Keep Up the Fight

In addition to the supporters outside, Democratic offices received “hundreds of thousands of calls and visits,” she said.

[ The Idea That Kept America Watching the Sit-In ]

In 2008, as House majority leader, Pelosi ordered the House floor cameras turned off on a Republican protest on energy prices. Asked about that and what the Democrats’ sit-in means for the rule that allows the majority to have control of the cameras, Pelosi said it was “almost irrelevant” because of the other means in which members can broadcast their message.

“The large number of people watching it were watching on their own technology,” she said.

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