AFTER REPUBLICANS BAR VOTES ON BILLS TO LIMIT ACCESS TO ASSAULT WEAPONS, DEMOCRATS STAGE SIT-IN IN HOUSE, FILIBUSTER IN SENATE

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East County News Service

June 23, 2016 (San Diego) –Although more than 60% of Americans support limits on access to assault weapons, Republicans in the House and Senate refused to allow votes on such measures.  In the Senate last week, Democrats filibustered to force a vote, but the Republican majority defeated a measure authored by California Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Last night, House Democrats staged a sit-in seeking to prevent the House from adjourning without taking up a similar measure. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan shut off cameras to prevent TV coverage on C-Span, so San Diego Democrat Scott Peters  live-streamed the action on his cell phone with a Periscope app.  Democratic Congresswoman Susan Davis, whose district includes San Diego and East County cmmunities, also spoke—and sat—on the House floor.

Hear Congresswoman Susan Davis’ floor speech here:  https://www.facebook.com/RepSusanDavis/videos/1183815441661009/

View video highlights from C-Span of the House Democratic sit-in here:

 http://www.c-span.org/video/?411624-1/democratic-sitin-continues-despite-house-adjournment-july-5&live=

The Democrats’ actions came after the Orlando mass shooting killed 50 people.  Mass shootings have soared since the Bush administration lifted a previous ban on assault weapons. 

Republicans have refused to allow any restrictions since then, even to bar people on the terrorist watch list from buying assault weapons, claiming the 2nd Amendment should allow no limits on gun ownership. Many have also taken substantial donations from the National Rifle Association.

Speaker Ryan, calling the sit-in a “publicity stunt,” adjourned the House shortly after 3 a.m. without allowing a vote on the gun control measure.


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