Rep. John Lewis from Georgia started the day with the speech you see above, saying:
We have turned deaf ears to the blood of the innocent and the concern of our nation. We are blind to a crisis. Where is the heart of this body? Where is our soul? Where is our moral leadership? Where is our courage?
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.
After which his congressional cohort got up and plopped themselves down on the floor of Congress. And that’s when Speaker Paul Ryan appears to have freaked out and pulled C-SPAN’s cameras, much to C-SPAN’s dismay.
C-SPAN has no control over the U.S. House TV cameras.— CSPAN (@cspan) June 22, 2016
Ryan yanked cameras as Dems on the floor began to shout after the pledge.— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) June 22, 2016
You are right, Mr. Speaker. The House is not in order. We will not be in order until you schedule a vote. #NoMoreSilence— Janice Hahn (@Rep_JaniceHahn) June 22, 2016
House Dems yelling Pledge of Allegiance— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) June 22, 2016
Since we’re fresh out of cameras, though, reporters and members of Congress have been more than happy to keep us updated on the goings-on of the sprawled out Democrats.
On House flr, Rep. Richmond, "Who elected the NRA to run this country?" Rep. Jackson-Lee yells out, "Break the shackles!"— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) June 22, 2016
Rep. Mike Doyle, seated on the (actual) House floor, shouts that "They're not doing any business today!"— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) June 22, 2016
Democrats have stopped the House.
Sen. Chris Murphy is now on the House floor. Just saw him delivering a few fist bumps to his former House colleagues.— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) June 22, 2016
And the pictures are, if I do say, absolutely incredible. Because while their mission is surely noble, these people look miserable.
House Democrats continued to chant "no bill, no break" as Republicans tried to move to legislative biz forcing the chair to gavel back out— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) June 22, 2016
They really should have dressed better for this.
And then Representative Scott Peters got his Periscope app going.
After the worst mass shooting in US history, Congress still refuses to act. We'll be here until that changes. pic.twitter.com/kKcTbKFSuY— Rep. Scott Peters (@RepScottPeters) June 22, 2016
Democrats are pushing to expand background checks as well as keep people on terrorist watch lists from being able to buy guns.
We’ll update this post as more information becomes available and/or someone finally falls asleep.
Update 1:24 p.m.:
Update 1:31 p.m.:
It looks like Senators are showing up on the House floor to show solidarity with their colleagues.
And now, FL Sen Bill Nelson has joined House floor. Received applause from House Dems. Represents #OrlandoShootxzing state— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) June 22, 2016
More senators making appearances on the House floor during sit-it: Sen Markey (D-MA) and Sen Booker (D-NJ).— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) June 22, 2016
Which is either a very nice gesture or a whole bunch of Democratic Senators are just very drunk and lost. At this point, answers remain inconclusive.
According to The Huffington Post, “Democrats will try to essentially hijack the House floor both Wednesday and Thursday in an effort to get gun control measures a hearing.” Their plans stand in stark contrast to the GOP’s notoriously preferred method of sending thoughts and prayers to loved ones. As Nancy Pelosi told members of Congress earlier this morning:
Many of you have said that we cannot have another moment of silence without action to follow. These moments of silence have almost become a moment of denial because it’s a denial of what we need to do. We have to turn it into a moment of truth and actions — where we go from here.
Update 1:48 p.m.:
All our friends are here!
Also, someone should maybe check on Rep. Nadler.
Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.: "This House is drenched in blood, and we must cleanse it"— Joel Gehrke (@Joelmentum) June 22, 2016