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Members of the House Staging Sit-In Protest Over Gun Control

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Following suit of the Senate’s 15-hour filibuster over gun control last week, members of the House of Representatives are currently occupying the floor of the House in a sit-in style protest.

The sit-in is led by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who is one of the few remaining participants of the civil rights movement. Similar to the Senate’s filibuster, this sit-in is also attempting to force a vote on gun control. “Now is the time for us to find a way to dramatize it, to make it real,” Lewis said. “We have to occupy the floor of the House until there is action.”

Lewis and about 40 House Democrats chanted “No bill, no break” and are using the hashtags #NoBillNoBreak, #NOMORESILENCE and #goodtrouble on their social media accounts to bring attention to the sit-in. As NBC News points out, “The protest is not being televised because the House has not formally gaveled into session.”

If a compromise is not reached, it will be up to Speaker Paul Ryan to either “use the authority of the House to seek to clear the floor and/or sanction members, or to keep the House in recess and wait out the issue,” according to NBC News.

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