Democrats staged a sit-in on the floor of the US House for stricter gun laws

Courtesy of Congressman Kildee

Courtesy of Congressman Kildee

Democrats on the house floor in Washington D.C. staged a sit-in on Wednesday to push a vote on stricter gun laws.

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee from Flint joined the sit in. He said his democratic colleagues simply want a vote.

“We think it’s common sense and it ought to be, at least come to the floor of the house for a vote, they won’t even bring it up for a vote, thats all we’re asking for, we’re not saying they have to pass the legislation but they ought to have the will and the guts and go to the house of representatives and vote yes or no on that legislation. That’s all we’re seeking.”

Kildee said this is stemming from the Orlando shooting earlier this month.

“Basically we’ve disrupted the day’s activities and occupied the floor because we are just sick of shooting after shooting taking place. The people in Orlando died, 49 of them, and congress will not take up common sense legislation that the American people support.”

Congressman Kildee said he expects the sit-in to last at least until Friday.

“The reason we’re doing this now is that we know what the Republican strategy is to just try to outlast us and let the the shock of the nation fade after the orlando shooting the same way it did from previous shooting and then nothing will happen. We’re just not going to let that happen this time.”

Kildee said the proposal includes legislation to mandate stricter background checks, and to deter people on the no-fly list from purchasing a gun.