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Democrats Stage 26-Hour Sit-In Over Gun Control

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The House of Representatives had a long Wednesday night as government representatives protested against each other over guns, according to NBC News.

Wednesday, the House was discussing gun control—and needless to say, it got a little heated. Democrats in the House were not only stubborn about gun control issues, but also initiated a sit-in that lasted more than 24 hours. The protest was led by Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who used tactics from when he was a leader in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.

"Thank you for all you support," Lewis said to the crowd outside the Capitol when the sit-in ended. "Don't give up, don't give in. Keep the faith. Keep your eyes on the prize."

The issues Democrats were interested in voting on, including expanding background checks and stopping suspected terrorists from being able to buy guns, had already failed in the Senate. But Democrats are intent are seeing real change in terms of gun control after the Orlando shooting.

The House adjourned early Thursday morning, and will be back July 5. Some of the Democrats stayed through the night in protest.

The sit-in caused the House to adjourn a couple days earlier than initially expected. The hashtag #NoBillNoBreak has caught fire by Democratic supporters including Kim Kardashian.


Republicans have called the sit-in a publicity stunt, but whether it is or isn’t still remains to be seen.


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