Following a nearly 26-hour sit-in on the House floor to push gun control legislation, House Democrats are now being urged to conduct similar sit-ins in their own districts by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi .
In a letter to Democratic lawmakers on Monday, Pelosi, D-Calif., said the momentum from last week’s House floor sit-in should be used as “family sit-ins” are staged in individual districts across the nation, The Hill reported.
“John Lewis’s historic sit-in on the Floor has resonated across the nation, energizing Americans tired of Republicans’ reckless obstruction of bipartisan gun violence legislation,” Pelosi wrote. “Now, we must continue to carry forward this momentum in our districts.”
The sit-in, led by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub shooting earlier this month, caused House Republicans to adjourn early when Democrats refused to yield the floor unless a vote was taken for gun control legislation. While Democrats staged a dramatic show, their behind-the-scenes suffering included a catered grand buffet.
And in another glaring example of liberal hypocrisy, dozens of Democratic lawmakers taking part in the sit-in were revealed to personally own weapons.
Nevertheless, Democrats urged colleagues to keep up the gun control pressure with a “National Day of Action” this Wednesday, with events such as press conferences, telephone town halls or roundtables, according to The Hill.
Pelosi called on gun violence prevention groups to “stand ready to assist” lawmakers with their individual sit-ins.
“This is a moment of truth for the Congress, and for the overwhelming majority of Americans who want a vote to save lives,” Pelosi wrote.
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