Senior Aide: Democrats Ending Sit-In, No Gun Control Achieved

Rep. John Yarmuth/Twitter
Rep. John Yarmuth/Twitter

Democrat House members ended their sit-in on June 23 without securing any new gun control or even a vote on gun control.

On Wednesday, Breitbart News reported the sit-in was spearheaded by Representative John Lewis (D-GA-5), with the goal of forcing Republican leadership to allow a vote on gun control.

Lewis wanted Speaker Ryan to “keep the House in session through its planned recess” for the purposes of taking up gun legislation.

Lewis said:

Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary. Sometimes you have to make a way out of no way. We have been too quiet for too long. There comes a time when you have to say something, 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.

But rather than complying with Democrat requests, CNN reports Republican leadership demanded an end to the sit-in. And a senior leadership aide says the Democrats are now ending it.

About noon on Thursday, Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT-4) said Democrats were still looking for way to keep a smaller, “‘skeleton crew’ on the House floor for as long as possible.” Himes said, “There is a lot of momentum behind keeping this going.”

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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