House Democrats Will Gather on Capitol Steps to Protest GOP Inaction.
House Democrats will gather on the Capitol steps Wednesday in a solemn protest against Republican inaction on gun control following the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Democrats decided on the plan during their weekly caucus meeting Tuesday morning.
“I am sick and tired of a few moments of silence on the House floor,” Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said during the closed-door meeting, according to a source.
A lone gunman shot hundreds of concert goers on the Las Vegas strip Sunday night, killing at least 59 and wounding more than 500.
The shooting is highly unlikely to spark action in the GOP-controlled Congress for gun control legislation sought by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats. But the Las Vegas attack has slowed momentum for a House GOP bill that would ease restrictions on gun silencers.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) previewed his caucus' strategy for pressing the issue on Tuesday by urging President Donald Trump to "come out against the absurd law about silencers."
"Threaten a veto if he must, and put an end to that bill," Schumer said on the floor. "I am also calling on President Trump to bring together the leaders of Congress and let both sides know he is ready and willing to address this issue of gun safety head on."
Trump suggested on Tuesday that he may address gun control at some point, telling reporters that "we'll be talking about gun laws as time goes by."
Last year, Democrats, led in part by Lewis, seized the House floor for 24 hours, refusing to relinquish control until Republicans agreed to vote on a gun control bill. That didn’t happen.
Several Democrats say they haven’t ruled out similar action in response to the Las Vegas shooting but aren’t planning to do that yet. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who became a leading gun control advocate after her own wounding in a 2011 mass shooting, plans to attend the House Democratic protest on Wednesday.