The NRA called John Lewis a terrorist for giving a speech on gun control and staging a sit-in at the House of Representatives.
The National Rifle Association’s radio show compared participants in a sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to “criminals and terrorists” saying that, like terrorists, the sit-in participants were not following the rules.
During the Wednesday broadcast of the NRA’s radio show, Cam & Company, as the sit-in was going on, host Cam Edwards said, “So in order to push legislation that the sponsors say would not have prevented the attacks in Orlando, Florida, they’re also going to flout the House rules. Kind of like, you know, criminals and terrorists flout the rules that we have in place right now and will continue to do so?”
CNN.com described the move as “a dramatic protest inside the House of Representatives” that was “rich with historic symbolism.” Lewis, who as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960’s organized numerous sit-ins to protest racial discrimination in his time, has been described as “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced.”
John Lewis (D-Ga.), staged a sit in on the House floor to show solidarity for action on gun control legislation.
More than two dozen Democrats participated in the event shortly before noon, with several of them sitting on the floor, some cross-legged.
John Lewis, who was brutally beaten by police in the civil rights march on Selma Alabama kicked off the sit in with an impassioned speech.
“We have turned deaf ears to the blood of the innocent and the deaths in our nation,” Lewis said, his voice cracking. “Mr. Speaker, where is the heart of this body. Where is our soul? How many more mothers, how many more fathers have to share tears of grief before we decide to do anything?”
Speaker (and Republican) Paul Ryan then gaveled the House into recess, and cameras appeared to have been turned off so that the protest could not be recorded or viewed by the public.
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