Why do Liberals want gun legislation

Does something move when nothing moves? A week and a half after the Orlando attack, the Democrats in the US House of Representatives are trying to force a vote on stricter gun laws with a sit-in strike.

The chamber is dominated by Republicans and has not deliberated on restricting access to firearms since 2012. Because Paul Ryan, conservative spokesman for the House of Representatives, is reluctant to vote, around noon around two dozen MPs brought the House to a standstill and sat in the middle of the room.

The protest has meanwhile been supported by more than 100 Democrats

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"The time of silence and patience is long gone," said protest leader John Lewis from Georgia, an important figure in the black civil rights movement. He has since received support from more than 100 Democrats, including Senators Harry Reid, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who shot an assassin in the head in 2011, released a support letter: "We are all responsible for safety and the land we leave to our children."

Calls like "no bill, no vote" (no bill, no vote on other issues) echoed through the hall, citizens showed solidarity under the hashtag #nobillnobreak, and activists in the stands and in front of the Capitol supported the action. Helpers brought pizza, donuts and pillows. "The action will take as long as it has to take," said Nancy Pelosi, senior Democrat in the chamber.