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Democrats stage sit-in on House floor over gun control

Democrats stage sit-in on House floor until they are allowed to be heard on gun control.
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Democratic leader John Lewis is approaching the subject of gun control in a way that harkens back to the peacful protests of the 60’s.

The Georgia Congressman has staged a sit-in on the House floor with other Democrats in an effort to send a message to Congress that there is a dire need for gun reform.

The iconic civil rights leader said that sometimes you need to "make a way" out of “no way.”

"There comes a time when you have to say something,” he said, “when you have to make a little noise, when you have to move your feet. This is the time. Now is the time to get in the way. The time to act is now. We will be silent no more."

He is joined by 40 other democratic leaders who began the act of passive protesting by reciting The Pledge of Allegiance in front of a handful of visitors.

They vowed "to occupy the floor of the House until there is action,” reports NBC News.

The news channel also reports that others Democrats in support of the sit-in began to chant, “I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired!" and "No bill, no break!"

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said in a statement, “We will be sitting-in until the House is allowed an opportunity to vote. This is an issue that ought to transcend party — it's about saving lives and keeping our communities safe."

Senate Democrats soon joined in the protest, with members Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Mark Warner of Virginia and Patrick Leahy of Vermont coming taking thier places beside Lewis.

If an agreement cannot be reached and the members do not leave the floor, Speaker Paul Ryan will have to intervene and decide to either sanction the protestors or keep the House in recess and let the event play out.

The protest was enacted after Lewis penned a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, asking him to not put the House in recess until more discussions could be made over gun reform. 

As for food TMZ is reporting that Chic-fil-A has been seen rolling in food carts to feed the hungry participants.

The protest cannot be televised, because the House is not officially in session. 

However, Rep. Scott Peters (D) has been using the app Periscope to document the occasion.

The sit-in is in response to four failed Senate gun amendment proposals that sought to make it difficult for citizens to purchase assault rifles such as the one used in the Orlando attacks on June 12.

The measures would have also put suspected terrorists through stringent background checks if they appeared on a government watchlist as the Orlando shooter was found to be.