Connecticut Congressman John Larson (D-1st District) says he knew it broke the rules, but he and other members of Connecticut’s delegation were united on trying to move forward on gun control measures that many Americans want.Related Content: House holds “sit-in” to force gun votes
Larson and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-3rd District) received a hero’s welcome by gun control advocates from around the state when they returned to the State Capitol Friday. Larson, along with Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, were the ring leaders of this week’s sit-in that brought the U.S. House of Representatives to a standstill over votes on two gun control issues.
They want votes on a proposal for universal background checks for all gun purchases including gun shows and on the internet and a ban on sales to people who are on the FBI No Fly list. Proposals they say are supported by 80 to 90 percent of Americans.
Larson bristled at the suggestion by House Speaker Paul Ryan that the Democrats’ sit-in was a publicity stunt, “What do you call blocking and not allowing legislation to come forward in the face of such catastrophe in what everyone has got to recognize is a national epidemic?”Related Content: House Dems, Republicans nearly come to blows during sit-in for gun control
There was praise for Sen. Chris Murphy‘s filibuster in the Senate that resulted in four unsuccessful votes on gun control measures. DeLauro noting that the House does not have that mechanism for forcing votes, “We created a mechanism in the House of Representatives and John Larson was a leader in that effort.”
Larson says it’s possible the sit-in will resume when the House goes back into session on July 5th saying, “There’s a lot of discussion going on about what our next steps are going to be.”