I’m sure by now you’ve all heard about the “historic” and “rule breaking” charade that US Democrats pulled last night on the house floor. It’s almost like we’re back in Wisconsin again and a budget needs voting on. The only difference this time is Democrats couldn’t be arsed to leave the state. Instead then sat on the floor because standing on their feet for hours on end is just too damned hard.
The gun control sit-in is a symbolic victory – and there’s still power in that
Sure this was a ‘publicity stunt’ to put it in Speaker Ryan’s words. But the terrible inertia in our system means that’s the very best we can do
ROFL on that second one. From the same article:
The deaths in Orlando may have been senseless murders but they won’t be in vain. Last week a Senate filibuster forced a vote on gun control measures, and this week – in a sit-in by a rotating cast of roughly 100 lawmakers led by civil rights leader John Lewis – lawmakers pushed to do the same in the lower chamber. They refused to leave the House floor until a vote took place, in the biggest congressional mobilization around gun violence in recent memory.
The sit-in started around midday on Wednesday – and though the House officially adjourned for recess at 3.19am on Thursday, with a Republican-backed funding vote on Zika – a handful of haggard Democrats have stayed on. Political reporters tried to remember the last time they’d seen anything like it: they couldn’t. Read more…
Of course they couldn’t, because their memories are short. Democrats pull stunts like this all the time. It’s just that (as the image demonstrates above), liberals have never looked more ridiculous and uncomfortable. The uncomfortable part makes me happy.
Lawmakers inside made personal pleas and moral arguments during the sit-in. Debbie Wasserman Schultz read aloud from a note by Gabby Giffords, who in 2011 was permanently debilitated by a mass shooting that killed six of her constituents and injured 13 more. And Debbie Dingell recalled being threatened at gunpoint as a child. “I know what it’s like to hide in a closet and pray to God, ‘Do not let anything happen to me,’” she told the assembled members. Bobby Rush, whose son was killed in a shooting, spoke twice.
“What I remember most,” Rush said, “besides this picture of my son laying in that hospital bed, swollen up twice his normal size – what I remember about that was my daughter, her mother falling on the floor of the hospital, screaming, screaming. She said: ‘Dad, Dad, do something.’
Of course they invoke Gabby Giffords. What these people don’t understand is that less guns will not help this. The only thing that will stop violence is more violence. Yes, you heard me right. If more law abiding citizens own guns with which to defend themselves and other with, crazed killers will be more easily and quickly stopped.
Instead, Democrats want to sit around singing “We Shall Overcome”. They did all that sitting and singing for nothing other than publicity. Typical liberal behavior. (TLB)