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USA: Democrats occupy House of Representatives, hold sit-in on gun control02:11

USA: Democrats occupy House of Representatives, hold sit-in on gun control

United States, Washington D.C.
June 23, 2016 at 04:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

Members of the Democratic Party occupied the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, staging a sit-in in order to demand a vote on gun control legislation.

Adressing the protesters, U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 10th congressional district Donald Payne Jr said "You know, what we saw in Orlando was horrific, but it goes all the way back to Columbine, ladies and gentlemen. Let's not forget, it goes all the way back to Columbine, probably before that. But when it's young people, when it's our babies, when it's our future, it resignates for some reason. And so I was optimistic again after Newtown, and I get emotional when I think about those babies lying on top of each other. And a moment of silence, that's what we get?"

The protest comes ten days after the Orlando mass shooting, with pressure intensifying on the lawmakers to act. The sit-in protest has beenl underway for 11 hours at the time of writing, as Republicans were resisting, saying that they will not give in to such protest tactics.

Footage courtesy of US Senator Cory Booker

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Members of the Democratic Party occupied the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, staging a sit-in in order to demand a vote on gun control legislation.

Adressing the protesters, U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 10th congressional district Donald Payne Jr said "You know, what we saw in Orlando was horrific, but it goes all the way back to Columbine, ladies and gentlemen. Let's not forget, it goes all the way back to Columbine, probably before that. But when it's young people, when it's our babies, when it's our future, it resignates for some reason. And so I was optimistic again after Newtown, and I get emotional when I think about those babies lying on top of each other. And a moment of silence, that's what we get?"

The protest comes ten days after the Orlando mass shooting, with pressure intensifying on the lawmakers to act. The sit-in protest has beenl underway for 11 hours at the time of writing, as Republicans were resisting, saying that they will not give in to such protest tactics.

Footage courtesy of US Senator Cory Booker

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