WASHINGTON, DC - After 26 straight hours of sitting on the house floor, democratic U.S. representatives were unsuccessful in bringing a vote on gun control measures.
To democrats’ disappointment, the bills were not even heard and now Congress is in recess until after the Fourth of July.
But Congressman Andre Carson insists the party’s sit-in was a step in the right direction and a win for those fighting for stricter gun control.
After 26 hours, a historic sit-in ended with no vote to enhance gun control and reinstate an assault weapons ban.
“The American people are on fire and the American people do not want to see their representatives stand to the side while our laws have been complicit in many of the shootings that we’re seeing,” said Representative Andre Carson (D – Indianapolis).
With no vote and Congress now in a two week recess, the Congressman said the sit-in still accomplished what the party was looking to do.
“I think it sparked an important dialogue. I think as evidenced by what we’re seeing right now with all the people who showed up, thousands of people who showed up, what we’re seeing internationally and nationally with the attention that it’s getting, more and more people are becoming concerned,” he said.
Carson spent hours sitting on the house floor. Early on in the protest, he tweeted this:
Some Republicans have moved more towards the middle on the issue of individuals on the terror watch list being denied a gun purchase and leaving the door open to a vote that may eventually take place.
“This is what the constituents sent me here to do and I love what I do. Very little sleep but I’m excited, I’m fired up, I’m happy to have this dialogue,” said Carson.
Congress is in recess until July fifth. Carson is confident the bills will be heard when congress reconvenes.