#NoFlyNoBuy was on the agenda of the Democratic party as they began a sit-in that lasted over 25 hours. Despite the house being adjourned shortly after 3am on Thursday morning, the Democratic representatives continued a sit-in throughout the morning and into the early afternoon on Thursday.
Notably, public polls have shown that the majority of American’s are in favour of some action on gun legislation, and yet a number of bills have been struck down since the mass shooting in Orlando last week.
The Democrats took to online forums to let people get a glimpse of their sit-in as it was not being aired via TV.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 23, 2016
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) June 23, 2016
In fact, the sit-in was livestreamed by 3 dedicated congressmen
— Joe's PC and Repair (@JoesPCandRepair) June 23, 2016
Twitter was a buzz with excitement over the action taken by the Democratic party
— Kathy van Voorhees (@k_vanvoorhees) June 23, 2016
— Shantel (@FashionandFaith) June 23, 2016
In the past 10 years, assault rifles have been used in 14 mass shootings. 7 have occurred since last June. #NoBillNoBreak
— Johnny Bravo (@JohnnyBGood1979) June 23, 2016
Notably, president Obama was supportive of the sit-in:
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) June 22, 2016
And of course, we can always count on our girl Lady Gaga to throw support behind the cause
Speaker of the house @SpeakerRyan calls democrats protesting "publicity stunt?" Did he forget the 1st amendment while defending the 2nd? 🇺🇸
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 23, 2016
At a press conference shortly after the sit-in, members of the Democratic party explained that they were hoping to stop allowing people on the no-fly list to legally obtain guns. They would also like to expand background checks for guns purchased through commercial sale. A number of the senators also shared a number of stories from their own communities that have inspired them to so actively work towards a more gun-safe America, and to “disharm hate”.
*As of 2 pm EST, the Senate has agreed to vote on 2 gun control bills today.
Featured image via Katherine Clark