Democrats are holding a sit-in on the House floor

Democrats are holding a sit-in on the floor of the House to demand a vote on their no-fly gun control proposal. Rep. John Lewis led the demonstration by calling Democrats down to the floor and giving a brief speech which concluded, “Now is the time to get in the way. The time to act is now. We will be silent no more.”

The chair called a recess until noon once Democrats began sitting down:

Members participating in the sit-in have been posting images of each other on Twitter. Rep. Donna Edwards and Rep. Lewis are both recalling the occupy movement:

CSPAN’s cameras have been turned off, which has upset the Democrats. What good is a media spectacle without media?

The effort by House Democrats follows a 12-hour filibuster in the Senate that took place last week. Senate Democrats did eventually get to vote on four different proposals, all of which went down to defeat.

Democrats have been pushing a so-called “no-fly, no-buy” rule which would (they claim) prevent people on the no-fly list from purchasing a gun. However, the bill Democrats have proposed would not use the relatively small no-fly list (about 64,000 people) but a much larger watch list that includes as many as a million people. Republicans have said they want to insure due process rights for those placed on the list, allowing them some means to contest the designation.

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