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Pelosi Calls on Democrats to Demand Action on Gun Safety

Democrats across the country should stage “family sit-ins” in their communities to demand gun-control legislation, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The Hill reported that the California Democrat wrote a letter Monday to congressional Democrats, encouraging them to build on the publicity they received last week while holding a 26-hour sit-in in the House. During the demonstration, led by Georgia Rep. John Lewis, firearms-safety advocates called for expanding the federal background system to cover online and gun-show sales, and prohibiting people on the terrorist watch list from buying guns.

“John Lewis’ 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. This is a moment of truth for the Congress, and for the overwhelming majority of Americans who want a vote to save lives.”

Lewis has a long history with sit-ins, having organized such protests during the civil-rights movement in the 1960s. He and his Democratic allies, enraged by the recent shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., prevented the House Republican leadership from conducting any other business during the demonstration.

Source: The Hill
Photo: THe Hill/Haiyun Jiang

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