Rep. Connolly Joins House Democrats in Gun Legislation Sit-In

by Karen Goff June 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm 11 Comments

 Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va 11th) is among the Democrats taking part in a sit-in on the House of Representatives’ floor Wednesday to protest congressional inaction on gun legislation.

The sit-in is being led by Georgia Rep. John Lewis, a longtime civil rights leader who says “we have been silent for too long.”

“Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary,” said Lewis. “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. 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.”

Connolly, who represents Reston, said in a statement:

The violence must end. In the wake of these almost weekly tragedies, the response from Congress is as predictable as it is disappointing. We offer our thoughts and prayers. We hold a moment of silence; anything to distract from the central cause, and common instrument, of these crimes. How many more must die before Congress acts?

 Today, I was proud to join Rep. John Lewis and House Democrats to once again call on Speaker Ryan to bring up a vote on the No Guns for Terrorist bill. Instead of acting, the House Majority decided to shut off the cameras to the People’s House.

Lewis wrote a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan demanding that he keep the House in session through its planned recess to debate and vote on gun control legislation.

“As the worst mass shooting in our nation’s history has underscored, our country cannot afford to stand by while this Congress continues to be paralyzed by politics,” wrote Lewis, according to CNN.

Other representatives joining the sit-in include Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson; Michigan Rep. Dale Kildee; Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond; Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes; and Connecticut Rep. John Larson.

Photo: Gerry Connolly/file photo

  • Ming the Merciless

    We don’t want to address or even talk about the real cause of this massacre so we’re going to do some pointless grandstanding instead, so there!

    • John weis

      At least they are doing something to bring about some rational positive actions unlike your fellow republicans who bury their heads in the toxic NRA soil.

      • Paul

        Four bills failed this week on gun control in the US Senate. Please tell me exactly what in any of those four bills would have prevented the last 50 mass shootings from happening. What are the rational positive actions that you speak of? Curtail the rights of law abiding citizens?

      • Greg

        We have a constitution and it’s been amended to include the bill of rights. Surely you studied this at some time. If you, or anyone else, disagrees with those those rights, you are free to effect an amendment to the constitution. That’s what needs to be done.

        It’s absurd to say that the NRA, republicans, democrats (or anyone else but the terrorist) had anything to do with the murders.

      • Ming the Merciless

        Ah yes, rationality and common sense. It causes Ming no end of amusement when Democrats refer to these qualities, which in the main they utterly lack. As we know from the weekly screeds of a certain zealot, the Democrats define “rationality” and “common sense” as “conformity with our crazed ideology and giving us whatever we want, right now.”

        Is it rational to use a massacre to push for gun control measures that would not have prevented that massacre? No. But that is rational, common sense action according to the Democrats.

        Is it rational to insist that we must not judge gun control based on whether or not it works? No. But that is what Democrat Chris Murphy says.

        Is it rational to blame Republicans and the NRA for a massacre perpetrated by a Muslim Democrat? No. But that is what the Democrats grandstanding on the House floor are doing.

        Is it rational to argue that the no-fly list is unconstitutional but to exclude people on that list from buying guns is constitutional? No. But that’s exactly what Democrat Nancy Pelosi argues.

        Is it rational to violate the rights of tens of millions of Americans by banning guns, even though they will defy this law, regard it as a declaration of war on them, and resist it with lethal force? No. But that’s exactly what the Democrat gun-grabbers want to do.

        The fact of the matter is that we already have all the rational, common sense gun laws that we need. Gun owners have noted that their concessions to rationality and common sense on that score did not appease the Democrats and make them go away – in fact, it encouraged the Democrats to push harder to limit gun rights even more.

      • UStifosi .

        Give us an example of a rational positive action here while at the same time respecting the constitution. This ought to be good.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    “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.” said Lewis
    Isn’t moving your feet contrary to the idea of a sit-in?

    In any case, if they’d decided to have a smoke-in, I would be right there, dudes and dudettes. Party On!

  • Charles Glass

    I am offended by the fact that these people are protesting in order to put us on secret lists to remove our rights. Not only can’t they read the 2nd amendment, but they can’t read the fifth or fourteenth either.

  • UStifosi .

    Put these clowns on the no-fly list immediately so they know how it feels.
    Don’t the words “Due Process” mean anything to these idiots.

  • Reston Crimewatcher

    I’m following this debacle on twitter, TV, etc and its clear. Connolly is in it for the food. Pocohontas Warren brought donuts, and many other libs have brought in an entire buffet which includes BBQ beans. Connolly is such a gas bag already, the stench will run them out.

  • Ming the Merciless

    News reports a mass shooting in Germany today. But Germany has “common sense” strict gun laws, so obviously this couldn’t have happened.

    Anyone want to guess the identity of the shooter? Of course, he is obviously a Republican Christian NRA extremist. Who knew there were so many of them in Germany…


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