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Democrats hold sit-in over U.S gun control

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 00:54

Democrats held an all-night sit-in at the U.S. House of Representatives to push for gun control legislation after the Orlando nightclub massacre. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Democratic lawmakers staged an all-night sit-in into Thursday (June 23) morning in the U.S. House of Representatives to push for gun control legislation after the gay nightclub massacre in Orlando, even though Republicans went home for a holiday break. After raucous scenes that nearly erupted into a fist fight, the majority Republicans adjourned the House in the early hours of Thursday morning and said there would be no more votes until after the July 4 holiday. The Democrats stayed behind and more than two dozen of them still occupied the House floor on Thursday morning, 24 hours after they took it over to demand Republican leaders allow a vote on gun-related legislation. The protesting lawmakers rotated in and out of the chamber, sitting in the aisles and in front of the podium, often chanting and singing. After the House leadership closed down the chamber's television cameras, individual members broadcast video of their protest on Facebook Live and Periscope. Such dramatic tactics by legislators are rare in the U.S. Capitol and the protest underscored how sensitive the gun control issue has become after the June 12 shooting in which a gunman pledging allegiance to Islamic State killed 49 people. Democrats were seeking votes on legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases, as well as measures to curb the sale of weapons to people on government watch lists. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan attacked the sit-in as nothing more than a publicity stunt to raise 2016 election campaign funds. "You can send us $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000. Because look at what we're doing on the House floor. Send us money," Ryan said. "If this is not a political stunt, then why are they trying to raise money off of this -- off of a tragedy? What they called for failed in a committee in the House. The reason I call this is a stunt is because they know this isn't going anywhere." Congress has not passed major gun control legislation since 1994, with gun rights defenders saying such measures infringe the constitutional right to bear arms.

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Democrats hold sit-in over U.S gun control

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 00:54