Congresswoman Joyce Beatty Joins House Democrats In Sit-In For Gun Control
On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty (D- Columbus) joined 40 other congressional Democrats in a sit-in on the House floor. In the wake of the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, the group is demanding what they call meaningful action on gun violence.
During the protest, Beatty read the names of 41 people killed by guns in Franklin County so far this year.
Beatty said that too many lives are being lost due to gun violence and House Republicans have failed to take appropriate action.
“We want to make sure that Republicans understand that we are demanding them to listen to what the vast majority of all our constituents, their constituents, what Americans across the country are clamoring for,” said Beatty.
Beatty and her colleagues demand that House Republicans join them in a vote on gun control. That includes legislation that would keep people on the FBI's “No-fly List” from purchasing a firearm, as well as expanding background checks.
Beatty said that Republicans have not had the courage to bring the issue to the house floor.
"We are prepared to sit here all night. We will hold up Congress to save lives," said Beatty.
The Associated Press reports that the House was not in session when Democrats held the demonstration. Republican leaders order the C-SPAN cameras be turned off.