Update: Democrats have ended a long sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and will return to speak about gun control in July, according to Reuters.
The social media-captured sit-in was a non-violent, civil rights attempt to protest the Republican's actions on failing to vote on gun control policies, NBC stated.
USA Today reported that Democrats hope to continue their advocating efforts after the July 4 holiday.
Georgia Representative John Lewis, stressed that the battle for gun reform is far from over.
"We will not be happy, we will not be satisfied, we will not be pleased until we do something in a major way, make a major down payment to end gun violence in America," Lewis said to Voice of America.
James Clyburn, the assistant Democratic leader said, "The time will come on July 5 when we will return to these hallowed halls and we will be operating under a new sense of purpose."
After Senate Democrats participated in a 15-hour filibuster lead by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy in order to bring gun control measures to a vote, House Democrats have followed suit and stood up for their convictions.
While all resolutions failed to pass in the Senate, the House is hoping for a different outcome, although House Speaker Paul Ryan is doing all he can to prevent this. Four pieces of legislation are up for a vote and could accomplish a range of things, from expanding background checks to banning terror watch list suspects from buying firearms.
The sit-in in the House is being led by Rep. John Lewis, who has ample experience with ideological demonstrations and protests: Lewis was one of the leaders of civil disobedience during the civil rights movement in the ‘60s.
“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,” Lewis said, adding that he and other Democrats will, “occupy the floor of the House until there is action."
On Twitter, Lewis characterized this as #goodtrouble—indeed it is.
Rep. Scott Peters has been broadcasting the sit-in on Periscope for the past few hours, which is essentially the only means of viewing it. Initially broadcast on CSPAN, Ryan reportedly shut off cameras after realizing what the House Democrats were attempting to do.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remains confident that there will be a successful endgame to the sit-in. “Once again we are fighting an uphill fight to bring legislation to the floor," she said, according to NBC News. "We truly believe that if there was a vote, we would win the vote."
President Obama also voiced his support for Lewis’s actions on Twitter, thanking Lewis for “leading on gun violence where we need it most.”
Thank you John Lewis for leading on gun violence where we need it most. https://t.co/vctfqAH5Wt— President Obama (@POTUS) June 22, 2016
While it is unfortunate that it took so long for members of Congress to take the issue of gun control this seriously, Lewis’s leadership and perseverance are undoubtedly admirable.
The Senate and House Democrats have exposed the Republicans for the weak-willed, NRA-bought politicians that they are, and whether or not they vote in favor of gun control at this time, the American people will certainly remember their inaction when it comes time for reelection.
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