House Democratic lawmakers took to the U.S. House floor in a protest to push gun control on law abiding Americans after the Orlando Islamist terrorist attack that killed 49 citizens and injuring scores of others, while ignoring the real threat of radical Islamists.
While the Democrats were staging their sit-in, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) was speaking and trying to convince Republicans to infringe on law-abiding citizens 2nd Amendment rights. But Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) had enough and confronted the Democrats and Sherman.
Gohmert rushed to the well of the chamber and challenged the taunts from Democrats that the Republicans are both cowards and responsible for the spree-shooting massacre in Orlando.
“Radical Islam killed those poor innocent victims! Radical Islam killed those poor innocent victims,” said Gohmert, pointing to a placard with the faces of the 49 victims killed June 12 by Omar Mateen at Orlando’s Pulse, a gay nightclub.
Some of the victims were shot by police officers, but the details have not been released.
At the time, Sherman was speaking and he called out one of the Republican congressmen still on the House floor after the chamber had been gaveled into recess, “Why is the gentleman afraid to hear me speak?”
Sherman made several taunts suggesting that the Republicans were cowards afraid of taking a vote on gun control in the minutes before Gohmert charged into the camera shot of Rep. Scott Peters (D.-Calif.), where a Periscope live-stream feed was being picked up by C-SPAN.
As Gohmert confronted the Democrats in the chamber’s well, other Democrats swarmed to the scene as did a group of Republicans in a scene that could only be described as a clearing of the dugouts. Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) was there and someone was calling out: “Billy, Billy, Separate them, Billy.” Most likely, “Billy” was Rep. Bill Flores (R.-Texas), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, which for many years was considered the conservative bloc in the House.
House Democrats swarmed the House floor Wednesday shortly before 11:30 a.m., and except for three minutes at 12 noon and for the 20 minutes, a 15-minute and five-minute votes after 10 p.m., they did not give it back. Despite the Democrats’ rowdy behavior and over-the-top rhetoric, Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R.-Wis.) left the lights on, allowed Democrats to come and go, on and off the House floor and made no effort to keep food and drink off the House floor or to clear the House Press and Visitors Galleries.
Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R.-Tenn.) posted a photo on Facebook shortly after midnight of a crowd of protesters outside the Capitol.
Blackburn further said, “I took this picture as I stood on the House steps at the Capitol after our 10:30pm vote. These protestors, I’m sure many are paid, are shouting “shame on you” and other derogatory chants. I wanted to pass along to you some facts on this issue… This is all about votes on gun control bills that failed to pass in the Senate last week”
Blackburn pointed out stated facts:
This is nothing more than a publicity stunt. This bill was already defeated in the United States Senate. We’re not going to take away a citizen’s due process rights. We’re not going to take away a citizen’s constitutional rights without due process.That was already defeated in the Senate, and this is not the way to try and bring up legislation.
“The truth about no-fly, no-buy: 98% of watch-listed persons are already prohibited from acquiring firearms in the U.S. because they are not U.S. citizens or legal residents and about the gun control measures Democrats wanted taken up in the House: they had already been defeated in the Senate and in House subcommittees on bipartisan votes,” said Blackburn.
“Instead of working with Republicans to fix the flaws that exist in the terrorist watch list and to bring our mental health bill to the floor, they are raising money off the backs of 49 Americans murdered by an Islamic Extremist.”
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