House Democrats’ Push For Gun Vote Gets Nowhere

Democrats in the House of Representatives tried to push for a gun vote Wednesday, but were silenced by Republicans and pro-gun advocates.

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Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California|Photo by C-SPAN

After a June sit-in yielded no votes on gun control measures, House Democrats tried to sway House Speaker Paul Ryan Wednesday to revisit the gun vote.

Ryan did not acquiesce to the Democrats pleas for a gun vote, which were also rejected in June because Ryan wanted to make sure the House “get it right.”

According to NBCnews.com:

Democrats want votes before Congress adjourns for recess until the election on bills to expand background checks for gun sales and to prevent suspected terrorists on the no fly list from being able to purchase a weapon.

“We’re not going away,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, told NBC News. “We’re not going to stop until we enact gun violence prevention laws. We’re not going to stop until we get the job done.”

Democrats also attempted to stir the pot on social media by chiming in on the #GunVote movement, which backfired when pro-gun advocates quickly hijacked the hashtag (see below).

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