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Democrats demand votes on gun control legislation, stage U.S. House sit-in

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Jan Schakowsky (left) with Congressional colleagues |photo via Twitter

WASHINGTON DC – Two U.S. House members from Illinois – Jan Schakowsky and Robin Kelly – joined Democrat colleagues in staging a sit-in on the chamber floor Wednesday. They're demanding the U.S. House hear gun control legislation.

In the U.S. Senate this week, four votes were failed on bills affecting guns. Illinois' two U.S. Senators agreed on all four votes. Republican Mark Kirk joined Democrat Dick Durbin in supporting Democrat-proposed legislation and opposing Republican-backed bills.

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Earlier this week, Rep. Schakowsky released the following comment on the topic:

I support common-sense gun safety legislation, and I believe Congress needs to act immediately to stop the proliferation of weapons that threaten the safety of our communities.  This is a public safety issue and a public health issue, one that threatens our families and neighborhoods every day.

Thousands of children are killed by guns each year in the United States.  Homicide by firearm is the second-leading cause of death for young people ages 1-19 in our country, and thousands more kids are killed or injured in unintentional shootings.

Like the majority of Americans, I support renewing the assault weapons ban.  These extremely dangerous, semi-automatic weapons are specifically designed to kill as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.  They pose a grave risk to our communities, which is why the overwhelming majority of Americans support limiting the sale of military-style assault weapons.

I am a cosponsor of a number of important gun safety bills that would reinstate the ban on large-capacity ammunition feeding devices, magazines designed for the sole purpose of shooting as many people as possible; make it more difficult for dangerous individuals to obtain guns; and ban the anonymous online sale of ammunition.  None of these initiatives violate the Constitutional rights of American citizens.

I think we need to have a real national debate about guns.  Whether it’s the daily shootings in Chicago or horrific tragedies, like the shootings in Tucson and Aurora, we must address the deadly violence threatening our neighborhoods.   We need to act to pass real gun safety legislation that protects our children and our communities.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Could Nancy Pelosi and Jan Schakowsky get themselves back up, off the floor, or did they need a lift? As neither of them ever worked a real job, I find it hard to believe they have the muscle-tone needed to get up by themselves.
    This is just another Democrat pre-election publicity stunt. Just like Marky Kirky voting “liberal” with the Dems.

  2. Like petulant children, there should not be a vote, the federal govt was never granted the authority by the constitution to infringe on our right to keep & bear arms!
    I challenge any of those communist scumbags to show me where in the constitution it grants them authority over our right to keep & bear arms. I won’t hold my breath…
    You tyrannical communists in congress would read through the US Constitution, you will see that when We The People ratified the Constitution, we did not delegate to the federal government any power to restrict our arms. Accordingly, any and all pretended restrictions on arms by any branch of the federal government are unconstitutional as outside the scope of the powers delegated. Furthermore, any restrictions on arms violate the 2nd amendment. No federal court and that includes the supreme court tyrants has constitutional authority to pontificate on what arms we may and may not have, etc., etc.,
    So the proper response for all 50 States is to IGNORE ALL SUCH pretended federal laws, BATF regulations, executive orders, federal court opinions, and treaties which pretend to restrict our arms.
    It is a very old Principle of Law, that a law which is contrary to the Constitution is no law at all, it is void ab initio (void from the beginning) and binds no one.

  3. The Democrats have no interest in passing gun control legislation. It’s all political propaganda that their buddies in the media are only to happy to spread. They simply want to use this issue hammer Republicans in next falls elections!

  4. Thankfully, we can rest secure in the knowledge that, as a collateral consequence of a felony conviction, the husband of Representative Jan Schakowsky is unable to lawfully possess a firearm.