The House Democrats’ sit-in — led by civil rights legend John Lewis — shows no signs of ending after nearly twelve hours. Certainly, this is lightweight duty compared to what Lewis has endured during decades past. Still, he’s dead serious about the current subject of gun control, and all of the Democrats participating in the protest claim they’ll stay as long as it takes to prompt true congressional action. They’re trekking uphill, and they know it. After all, not even the Senate Democrats’ 15-hour filibuster made many Republicans (many of whom have accepted ungodly amounts of money from the NRA) sober up about this issue.
So, the House is rebelling, and Speaker Paul Ryan and his wallpaper face are losing patience. Early on during the sit-in, Ryan characterized the event as a mere “publicity stunt” and paid the price on social media. At around 10:00pm EST, he attempted to take control of the House floor, and the Democrats weren’t budging. A few other noteworthy developments have taken place today. But first, the sight of Ryan attempting to be civil while banging his gavel and pleading for decorum is worth observing for a few minutes. The Democrats simply shout, “No bill, no break!” in response.
This isn’t exactly a heavy metal mosh pit, but for men and women wearing stuffy suits, the atmosphere is rather chaotic. Also, Alex Howard snapped these photos — which show a massive crowd of supporters outside the Capitol building — right before Lewis popped out to address everyone.