letter, Daily Local News, 7/6/16
In the wake of the Orlando massacre, Senate Dems took to the floor and conducted a Filibuster that went into the wee hours of the morning, pleading with the Republican leadership to bring common sense gun bills up for a vote: on expanding background checks and keeping guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists. The Senate leadership relented, and had votes on 5 different bills. They all failed.
The House Dems surprised everyone by practicing civil disobedience and conducting a Sit-in, disrupting normal proceedings with their demand for a vote on the same types of gun sense bills. House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed the House to an early vacation rather than giving in to their demands for a vote. Some may say these types of actions are ‘out of order’ and ‘against the rules.’ I say, when it comes to saving lives, sometimes you have to shake things up. What did the Congress do after Charleston, after Virginia Tech, after Aurora, after Tucson, after Sandy Hook? What are they doing now after Orlando? The answer is the same, NOTHING! Well
Certain members of Congress and the American public are fed up with the Do Nothing Congress-many having received $ from the NRA, and are, to borrow a phrase from a famous movie, “Mad as Hell and Won’t Take it Anymore!” Decorum and order go out the window when Congress can’t even lift a finger to do what 90% of their constituents want them to do- a background check for every gun sale, public and private.
Our organization protested under the office windows of US Congressman Ryan Costello this week, because he represents the ‘Do Nothing’ Congress. He has refused to take a stand on any gun sense bill despite repeated requests to do so, and refuses to meet personally with our group. Is this out of order, not following the rules of decorum? When it comes to something as important as saving lives, Decorum can sometimes go out the window.
Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence