June 22, 2016 (WASHINGTON) The mass shooting in Orlando might have changed the nature of politics in Washington. This has been unprecedented. House Democrats, led by Congressman John Lewis, have staged a sit in in the House. They took over the House. The Republicans gaveled the session to an end, turning the C-SPAN cameras off.
This is where Congressman Scott Peters from San Diego, (53-D) took over from C-SPAN. He has been using his phone to relay the speeches from the House though Periscope. You can watch the videos here.
Democrats have been giving speeches, demanding not just a vote on gun legislation, which would not pass, but offering great political theater. It proves how dysfunctional the House is. It also proves how tactics used by Occupy Wall Street members, and Occupy San Diego, have essentially now been adopted by Members of Congress. That includes the use of social media tools, circumventing the Republican House leadership.
This is completely out of order. It violates the rules of the House ten ways to Sunday. But it also points to how the United States Congress cannot act on legislation that most Americans want. The San Francisco Chronicle is clear on this: “A new poll from CNN shows that 92 percent of Americans support expanded background checks and 85 percent support banning gun purchases by people on terror watch lists.”
This is a popular measure, but it will not pass. It will not pass in the current congress, since what Americans want is not what those in power want. This is the classic definition of an oligarchy. Yet one has to question if this will work to change this particular dynamic in any way, shape or form.
Now what about the Senate? Well, they got support.
Sen. Hirono delivering care packages to House Dems complete when macadamia nuts, cans of pop, snack bars, pop tarts
Senator Bernie Sanders also came to see the House Members and was received very warmly by his former colleagues, and he also posted on his official Senate Twitter Feed.