Rep John Lewis Takes Action On Guns
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[Rep John Lewis Takes Action On Guns]
Mr. Lewis: Source: LYBIO.net
M. Speaker, I will ask that all of my colleagues join me on the floor.
The mic is gonna stay there.
On occasion, Mr. Speaker, I have had what I call an Executive session with myself. For months, even for years, I wondered what would bring this body to take action?
What will finally make Congress do what is right? What is just what the people of this country have been demanding, and what is long overdue?
We have lost hundreds and thousands of innocent people to gun violence, to tiny little children, babies, students and teachers, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, daughters and sons, friends and neighbors.
And what has this body done? Mr. Speaker, nothing. Not one thing.
We have turned a deaf ears. We have turned deaf ears to the blood of the innocent and the concern of our nation.
We are blind to a crisis.
Mr. Speaker, where is the heart of this body? Where is our soul? Where is our moral leadership? Where is our courage?
Those who work on bipartisan solutions are pushed aside.
Those who pursue commonsense improvement are beaten down.
Reason is criticized.
Obstruction is praised.
Newtown, Aurora, Charleston, Orlando.
What is the tipping point? Are we blind? Can we see?
How many more mothers, how many more fathers need to shed tears of grief before we do something?
We were elected to lead, Mr. Speaker.
We must be headlights and not taillights.
We cannot continue to stick our heads in the sand and ignore the reality of mass gun violence in our Nation.
Deadly mass shootings are becoming more and more frequent.
Mr. Speaker, this is the fight. It is not an opinion. We must remove the blinders. The time for silence and patience is long gone.
We’re calling on the leadership of the house to bring commonsense gun control legislation to the house floor.
Give us a vote. Let us vote. We came here to do our job. We came here to work.
The american people are demanding action.
Do we have the courage?
Do we have raw courage to make at least a down payment on ending gun violence in Amerika?
We can no longer wait. We can no longer be patient, so today we come to the well of the house to dramatize the need for action. Not next month. Not next year. But now. Today.
Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary.
Sometimes you have to make a way out of no way.
We have been too quiet for too long.
There comes a time when you have to say something, when you have to make a little noise.
Mr. Lewis: Source: LYBIO.net
When you have to move your feet. This is the time. Now is the time to get in the way. The time to act is now. We will be silent – no more. The time for silence is over. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
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