Democrats in the House of Representatives renewed their fight for new gun control laws on Wednesday, picking up where they left off this summer – though without the histrionics that culminated in June’s embarrassing “civil rights” protest on the House floor.
“Time and time again we ask for compassion, time and time again we ask for action, time and time again we ask for leadership. Our people are sick and tired of a do nothing congress,” said Rep. John Lewis, the orchestrator of June’s 25-hour sit-in. “These bills should be passed. Bring them to the floor, let us have a vote.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that Democrats would not stop pushing for a vote on expanded background checks.
“We’re not going away,” Pelosi said. “We’re not going to stop until we enact gun violence prevention laws. We’re not going to stop until we get the job done.”
Not content with blathering away on Capitol Hill, House Democrats also engaged in a “tweetstorm” on Wednesday, hoping to draw social media into the fight as they did in June. Pelosi sent out a memo suggesting some of the tweets that should be used to rally supporters to the cause:
272 mass shootings this year. When will @SpeakerRyan give us a vote? #NoFlyNoBuy #CloseTheLoophole #GunVote
Thousands killed w/ guns over reckless Republican recess. When will @SpeakerRyan give us a vote? #NoFlyNoBuy #CloseTheLoophole #GunVote
If person can’t fly, they shouldn’t be able to get a gun. @SpeakerRyan: give us a vote #NoFlyNoBuy #GunVote
As anyone familiar with the gun debate knows, Pelosi’s statistics are pure fiction and the Democrats’ proposition – that keeping people on the no-fly list would prevent terrorist shootings like the one in Orlando – are worse than fiction. They’re actively dangerous.
Thankfully, it will take more than Twitter’s legion of social justice slacktivists to push gun control measures past the Republican majority. And while those Republicans deserve plenty of criticism for buckling under pressure, they are united and strong when it comes to the Second Amendment. There’s no reason – yet – to suspect that will change.