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US Democrats occupy Congress over gun control

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 01:10

U.S. Democrats stage a sit-in protest in Congress to demand for a vote on gun control legislation. Yiming Woo reports.

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Democrats in Congress are refusing to leave the floor until Republicans agree to a vote on gun control legislation. The shooting on June 12th at a gay nightclub in Florida, where a gunman killed 49 people, has re-ignited the debate on the issue. Some gave speeches during the demonstration, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Ohio Democrat, Timothy Ryan. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OHIO DEMOCRAT REPRESENTATIVE TIMOTHY RYAN SAYING: "It is the Republican-led Congress that is preventing us doing something that 90 percent of the American people, 90 percent of gun owners want. It's the Republicans who won't allow this to happen." In a move to shut down the protest, Republicans scheduled a vote on an issue unrelated to gun control. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan says he won't bend to the Democrats' demands, calling it a "publicity stunt". Guns are a contentious political issue in the United States. Defenders for gun rights say they have a constitutional right to bear arms.

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US Democrats occupy Congress over gun control

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 01:10