Rep. John Lewis Speaks As House Democrats Demand Gun Votes Before GOP Cut The Cameras
In the wake of the Orlando mass shooting that killed 49 and wounded another 53, one of the latest polls showed that over 90 percent of Americans want expanded background checks for gun purchases, 87 percent would support a ban on owning guns for felons or people with mental health problems, and 85 percent would ban people on federal watchlists from buying guns. Similar numbers are found among Republicans and Democrats in support of preventing people on the terrorist watchlist or "no fly" list from buying a gun. This is just one poll, yet the numbers are similar in others, which makes sense considering that mass shootings have become the norm.
Despite the numbers, Senate Republicans just voted against four gun bills on background checks and to prevent terrorists from getting access to guns. This came only after Senate Democrats filibustered for 15 hours just to get Republicans to bring the bills to a vote.
Today, House Democrats are holding a sit-in to force similar votes, but Republicans there aren't about to let that happen, so in response, they called a recess and even went so far as to shut off the C-SPAN cameras so that those Americans can't witness Democrats trying to carry out their wishes and do their jobs.
This is today's Republican Party. So beholden to the NRA, other gun lobbyists and gun manufactures who line their pockets with blood money they won't even allow taxpayers to see Democrats trying to do what the American people want.
Republicans have tried to distance themselves from their nominee, Donald Trump, and tried to pretend he's extreme, yet the American people know he merely uses a bullhorn instead of the GOP dog whistle, and that he is very much the monster they've crafted carefully over the years. Trump has voiced the view that the media should be censored when they dare to disagree with things he does and says. Similarly, here are House Republicans, paid by the taxpayers, literally censoring what those taxpayers see in Congress.
Worse, they're doing so because Democrats are trying to do something, anything, to stop mass shootings and bloodshed while Republicans are basically making sure even more lives are at risk day, after day, after day.